Goji berries; recipes and uses


GOJI BERRIES ARE A REAL SUPER FOOD 

Goji berries are widely regarded as the true source of longevity throughout the planet and are classified into one of the most powerful plants in the world. How usually this little red diamond and its exceptional healing properties are often contested around the world. The main reason some countries are not able to procure freshly grown berries is because they are very quickly spoiled, and so many miscellaneous preparations of suspicious quality have appeared so far from even less known distributors. Today, the abuses are rarer and the current offer is quite correct.

CULTIVATION OF GOJI BERRIES 

It is a shrubbery woody plant that gives an extraordinary little red fruit, full of energy with interesting chocolate-berry taste – reminiscent of raisins. The bush grows to 2.5-3 meters in height and up to 2 m in width. Goji plant flourishes in the 7th and 8th months, while the grown fruits mature successively from 9th to 10th (September to October). If you are planning to plant them, make sure that you need sandy soils with good irrigation as well as placing the foil in order to protect them from harmful weeds and water evaporation.

CULTIVATION OF GOJI BERRIES; DOES IT PAY OFF?

If you fulfill these conditions, you will provide the correct yield of the fruit, as many people claim. It is best to plant it at intervals of 3 x 3 m. If you adhere to the above, berry farming is certainly worth it. Exquisitely required is Goji juice as well as many other preparations. Today, when people are more than ever interested in healthy nutrition and healthy life as a whole, such exotic species that bear the epithet of supernatural certainly find your customers.

GOJI BERRIES LATIN NAME

Lycium barbarum

WHEN DID GOJI BERRIES BECAME POPULAR 

In the east, goji berries have been popular since ancient times, while in Europe, the public showed interest in them around the 18th century, in England, too. They used to be something more used in the kitchen, as a decoration. The right boom was experienced in the new millennium when they were proclaimed as a super food and the reason are the numerous medical research that showed a huge contribution to human health. The American ORAC scale that measures the antioxidant properties of foods shows that goji berries are far ahead on the list, while all other healthy products of nature are far below them. Here's how much antioxidants ORAC unit (Free Radical Absorption Index) found in 100 mg of certain foods:


GOJI BERRIES HEALING PROPERTIES 

Red diamond as often called is extremely rich in antioxidant substances, including anticancer germanium, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, which protects the eyes, zeakstin, and zinc. Besides antioxidants it is rich in amino acids including essential fatty acids, minerals, protein, complex B vitamin. Besides mentioned, goji berries contain ciperon which is extremely effective for alleviating women's problems, regulates blood pressure and helps improve heart function, then solavetivone a very powerful antibacterial and antifungal compound, fizalin an outstanding fighter against hepatitis, leukemia, betalin –helps improve liver function and treats fatty liver, calms the nervous system, reduces the risk of heart attack and improves memory. Even though it is known that these Himalayan berries are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene in nature, it is less known that they contain beta-sitosterol, which breaks bad cholesterol, and is used for treatment of enlarged prostate and problems with libido.

GOJI BERRIES USE

For thousands of years goji berries were used in traditional Chinese medicine in order to achieve a balance of "ying" energy of kidneys and ensure better hydration. Women consumed them to improve their physical appearance, while men used goji berries to enhance potency. This super food stimulates the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells to combat anemia, thereby protect the liver from toxic substances such as alcohol and heavy metals. Goji berries as medicine have very wide range of operation:
  • Strengthen immunity
  • Slow down the aging of the organism
  • Prevent the formation of cancer and leukemia 
  • Protect the blood vessels and cardiovascular system
  • Regulate the operation of the urinary tract and eliminates urinary tract infections
  • Give us the necessary energy and strength
  • They act anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
  • They protect eyes and vision
  • Improve the circulation
  • They protect against diabetes
  • Improve the quality of sperm count
  • Improve fertility in women
  • They contribute to a better tone

GOJI BERRIES DAILY DOSAGE 

In order to fully enjoy all the benefits offered by goji berries, we do not need more quantities. The daily dose recommended is only 10 to 30 grams. We note that there is no upper limit for the same, so you can consume them more if you are able. Traditional Chinese medicine, for example, recommends up to 150 grams a day if goji berries are used as a medicine. What we have said in the introduction is that the most widespread are dried berries, as well as processed unsweetened pulps, juices, syrups and other variants, because it is very difficult to find them fresh. Still, in recent years things started moving, and there has been an increasing number of enthusiasts who ventured into cultivating a goji plant.

SIDE EFFECTS OF GOJI BERRIES

It is also very important to say that the annual berries do not cause any side effects and contraindications (not recommended only to people who take anti-blood coagulation drugs or those for regulating blood pressure), and since they have a strong tonic effect, it is advisable to consume them in the morning or early evening hours so as not to disturb the sleep. The optimal amount is two to three teaspoons per day.

WHERE CAN WE BUY GOJI BERRIES? 

Today, we can find them almost everywhere. Yearly berries can be purchased at health food stores, herbal pharmacies or via the internet. We recommend you inform yourself well before buying them. It is best to choose those that are packed in bags of materials that protect against sunlight. They should be soft and have a mild, sweet taste. After opening the packaging, they are stored in a dry and dark place.

PRICE OF GOJI BERRIES 

When it comes to Europe there are many plantations where goji berries are cultivated and prices range from an average of about 18 euros per kilogram. It is also possible to find them in smaller packages and packages of 100,200, 500 grams.

GOJI BERRIES RECIPES 

We've prepared some good recipes, so let's start:

GOJI BERRIES FOR STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNITY

This is a very simple recipe and all you need to do is mix berries with a cup of yoghurt and add a spoon of oat or some other cereal. This is an excellent prevention against colds and flu, and we certainly recommend it.

GOJI BERRIES PROTECT AGAINST SUN EXPOSURE 

Make this great goji juice with the following ingredients
  • Goji berries - 2 tablespoons
  • 3 dl of water
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh honey

Preparation:

Put the berries in the water and hold them for at least an hour in it. Put them in the blender, add ginger and other ingredients, and mix strongly until they are completely mixed. Pour the juice into the glass, add ice and lemon slices. This beverage is an excellent protection against the sun.

GOJI BERRIES JAM

This recipe is given to us by Ducan's diet so we warmly recommend it to you whether you are on a diet or not:
  • 5 teaspoons of berries
  • Water - just to cover the berries - no more
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon of agar agar algae (read more about them in the text seaweed in the diet)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of strawberry aromas or other of your choice

Put berries in a small pot, pour them with water and gently cook them. Add lemon juice and sweetener and let it boil a little. Now add agar-agar algae and, with a slight stirring, steam on the mild fire for about 7 minutes (add water if necessary). When cooking, goji berries will become swallowed and caramelized. Take off the fire and get the jam into the glass jars. When it cools, put them in the refrigerator. There you can store them for up to a few days. Take a spoon or two a day, you can spread it on bread also, ENJOY!!.


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