Go, go, goji!

January 26, 2018 7:25 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Vibrantly pink, and slightly pointed in shape, goji berries liven up our shelves at Naturally Good Food – and just beg to be picked up and nibbled. Fortunately, nature has made them as nutritionally appealing as they are attractive! Goji berries are one of the original backbones of our Superfoods range. They’re rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, B-vitamins and antioxidants, and packed with minerals such as zinc, copper, iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus. They’ve been used in Chinese medicine for many thousands of years.

Goji berries are rich in vitamins and minerals

Goji berries: pretty in pink (and good for you, too)

At Naturally Good Food we sell them in a wide range of sizes: from 125g for those just getting started, up to 10kg bulk bags, for those who really know what to do with their goji berries. We offer both organic and non-organic berries.

The taste of these berries is unusual and varies according to the precise variety. Some think of them as being almost as ‘nutty’ as a nut. Others feel that they resemble cranberries in having a kind of tartness about them. Most people nibble them as a quick snack, just as with nuts, seeds and other dried fruit. They can also be used to replace raisins in recipes.

Goji berries are mostly harvested in China (though they can be grown world-wide, and were certainly grown in this country in previous centuries). They’re sometimes known here as ‘Wolf Berries’ (which might make them more appealing to children…or men, perhaps)! No-one quite knows why this is, but it may be due to confusion over the species genus name (Lycium), with its similarity to the Greek word for wolf.

Are they really good for me?

A wide range of health claims are made for goji berries, ranging from boosting brain activity to increasing life-expectancy. There’s no rock-solid evidence for any of this, but what can be said with certainty is that the wealth of vitamins and minerals contained within these berries makes them a nutritionally excellent choice in any case.

Goji berries are harvested in China, but can be grown round the world

Goji berries growing on the vine

The vitamin C found in goji berries repairs wounds and keeps bones and teeth healthy. Their vitamin A content promotes strong visual health, good immunity and a proper reproductive system, as does the zinc they contain, while their B vitamins release the energy stored in food. With a wealth of antioxidants, goji berries battle the damage caused by free radicals in the body. Meanwhile, their copper aids metabolic function and their iron creates red blood cells. Their calcium builds bones and maintains the nervous system, their selenium keeps the thyroid functioning, and their phosphorus filters out the waste in kidneys.

And – perhaps more to the point – many people simply love the taste of them! Why not nibble some in a trail mix, with cacao nibs, nuts, seeds and other dried fruit, add some to a savoury stew, or include some in your baking?

You might also like to try out this unusual soup from Geo Organics: tomato with seeds and goji berries.

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