You may have seen these bright little berries mixed with nuts or in cereal. Goji berries are a popular superfood, with good reason.
Why are they so good for you?
Goji berries are high in vitamin C and fibre, and low in calories, which makes them a great, sweet snack food if you are watching your weight. They raise blood sugar slowly, so you won’t get a sugar crash after snacking on them.
They are also a good source of iron, protein and vitamin A.
What goji berries have in common with many other superfoods is that they are rich in antioxidants, which protects cells in your body from aging and deterioration.
It's also thought that goji berries can lower blood sugar and blood pressure, help with symptoms of diabetes and arthritis, improve energy levels, eyesight and digestive function.
How to eat goji berries
Goji berries can be eaten fresh just like other berries. However, in New Zealand they are more commonly eaten dried, much like raisins or dried cranberries.
They taste slightly bitter, with a sweet berry aftertaste. Most people compare the taste to cranberries or cherries.
For breakfast: Sprinkle them on your cereal, porridge or yogurt.
For a snack: Try mixing goji berries with raw nuts and dark chocolate chips for homemade trail mix.
For dinner: Goji berries also taste great cooked with white meat, like chicken or pork, and added to casseroles and curries.
Pams Superfoods Dried Goji Berries available from New World.
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