The goji berry is considered a miracle fruit because of its many positive properties. Many models swear by the berry, which originates from China, as a source of their beauty. In addition, the small shriveled fruit is said to boost the production of human growth hormone, strengthen the immune system, alleviate sleep problems, do good to the eyes and even prevent cancer.
The origin, properties and history of goji berry
The goji berry is also called boxberry, wolfberry or lucky berry. Originally, the red berry comes from China. There it was mainly used as a medicinal plant and was considered a miracle weapon for eternal beauty, health and youth. In this country, the goji berry has only been available for purchase for just under eight years. While it was previously only in dried form in the rules of the supermarkets to find, one can buy today also fresh Goji berries. In terms of taste, they hardly differ: both have a fruity-tart note and tastes sour to very sour, depending on the ripeness. You can buy dried goji berries all year round, but fresh ones are only available from June to September.
The ingredients of the goji berry
As a superfood, goji berries have a variety of healthy vitamins, vital substances and nutrients. In 100 grams of dried goji berries are found:
- Calcium 190 mg
- Carotenoids 16 mg
- Iron 6.43 mg
- Potassium 1214 mg
- Sodium 339 mg
- Zinc 1.07 mg
- Vitamin A 9000 IU
- Vitamin C 48 mg
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 12 mg
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) 4.5 mg
The effect of goji berry on our body
Goji berries are ideal for treating chronic pain conditions, asthma and allergies due to their anti-inflammatory effect. The superfood also strengthens our immune system due to its numerous nutrients and can also prevent cancer. In addition, the carotenoids contained improve vision and strengthen the retina. The polysaccharides in goji berries also support the elimination of metabolic residues and thus promote the detoxification of the body. Goji berries also provide a higher resistance to stress and promote muscle growth. Many athletes therefore use the superfood as a dietary supplement to improve their fitness, endurance and muscle strength.
The goji berry is also popular in the beauty industry: Due to its numerous antioxidants, the fruit slows down the aging process of the skin and thus ensures a firm complexion. In addition, goji berries promote blood circulation and are therefore not only beneficial for our cardiovascular system, but also make our skin appear younger at the same time.
The goji berry in the kitchen
Goji berries are versatile in the kitchen. Dried they fit well in mueslis, yogurt and salads. However, the superfood can also be used for savory dishes and served with meat, for example, similar to cranberries and cranberries. Due to its slightly tart taste, the superfood is also often used to spice up cakes or ice cream. Goji berries are especially popular in smoothies or breakfast bowls.
Purchase and storage
The goji berry can be found in many supermarkets - mostly in dried form. When buying, make sure that the berries have not been dried too long and/or too much, because overdried goji berries are very hard and must therefore be soaked in water before using them. Stored in an airtight jar, the small red berries keep cool and dry about as long as raisins.