Goji, goji berry or wolfberry is the fruit of Lycium barbarum (simplified Chinese: 宁夏枸杞; traditional Chinese: 寧夏枸杞; pinyin: Níngxiàgǒuqǐ) and Lycium chinense (pinyin: gǒuqǐ), two closely related species of boxthorn in the Nightshade family, Solanaceae. The family also includes the potato, tomato, eggplant, belladonna, chili pepper, and tobacco. The two species are native to Asia.
I've only eaten them dried. They have a mild flavor somewhere between a raisin and a dried cherry. They are quite chewy all by themselves. I've started incorporating the berry into my granola, #Runergy bars, pancakes, and muffins. They are brightly colored, and mixed with pistachios or pumpkin seeds remind me of Christmas.
Below is my Goji Berry muffin recipe. Enjoy!!
1/2 c all-natural applesauce
1/2 c raw, local honey
1/2 c canned coconut milk
1 ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c whole wheat flour
1-1/4 c rolled oats (I use Quaker old fashioned)
1/2 c raw cacao beans
1 c dried Goji berry
Put all of the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Grind the oats and cacao beans. Chop half of the Goji berries (optional). Add all the dry to the wet. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
Options: Use chocolate chips instead of cacao beans. Add 1 to 2 tsp Espresso powder. Leave out the chocolate/cacao and add another fruit like blueberries or apples. Go vegan by using Agave, add chopped raw nuts such as almonds, pistachios, or pumpkin seeds.
|Goji Berry Muffin|
|Goji Berry Muffin hot out of the oven.|