Did you know we grow goji berries in Canada? We can grow them in southern Ontario in Norfolk country, which is located near Lake Erie.
What are Goji Berries?
They are orange-red berries that are similar in appearance to grape tomatoes or crabapples, but with the texture of cranberries. They are native to China and Tibet and grow on small plants that produce these small berries in the summer.
Goji berries are packed full of nutrients including vitamin C and high levels of B vitamins. They are also a great source of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Goji berries have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but are still fairly new to the Western World.
Because they are still a newer discovery, there is plenty of research being conducted regarding the health benefits of the berries.
Goji Berries may:
- Decrease the incidence of strokes, heart attacks, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease
- Increase energy
- Increase bone strength
- Stabilize mood
- Help to reduce insulin resistance reducing the risk of diabetes
- Keep your eye on this interesting research!
Goji berries are available in many different forms, but the most common one is in the dried format, which looks similar to dried cranberries. They are also available as Goji juice, which is often a mixture of others fruits and beverages like Acai berries and Green Tea.You can purchase them in specialty food stores and some grocery stores
Try out this great cookie recipe as a way to enjoy the many benefits of Goji berries!
Goji Oat Clusters
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
- 1 ½ bananas
- 1 C unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ C date sugar
- ⅔ C whole wheat flour
- 1 ¼ tsp arrowroot powder
- ⅔ C raw walnuts, ground
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¾ C oats
- ¼ C Goji berries
- ¼ C raisins or currants
- 6 dates, pitted and chopped
- ½ C raw walnuts, chopped
Directions (makes approx. 40 cookies)
Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Blend bananas, applesauce, vanilla, and date sugar in blender until creamy. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, arrowroot powder, ground nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the blended wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in oats, Goji berries, raisins, dates, and chopped nuts. Spoon small balls (one inch) of the mixture on cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.