03-07-2006, 05:14 PM
Yur cute,,,,,right into the bag! :D sound delicious !!!! I love goji berries and haven't had them for awhile. :)
03-07-2006, 05:41 PM
Yo this sounds like a plan - I have all the indgredients except for the goji berries. Then I just pretend I'm pooh bear, what a deal!
03-08-2006, 07:18 AM
Path, have you ever had goji berries? :)
I have a large bag of them that I bought from Shazzi's site but I can not decide what to do with them. It seems a shame to just put them in smoothies. Any other ideas would be welcome. I could just eat them like raisens but how many are recomended in a day.
03-15-2006, 07:23 PM
I just got some goji berries and I'm not too thrilled. They taste like old dried cranberries found in the back of the cabinet from the 2002 holidays...
maybe I'll try them in a smoothie.
Should you soak them?
I have been forced to agree with you. I did not want to use them in the smoothies because they were expensive but having nibbled at them (like sultanas) I think that it is in to the smoothies they are going after all.
03-15-2006, 08:48 PM
Goji Berry Energy Soup
1/2 cup Goji berries (soaked; save soak water)
1 cup chopped kale
1/2 bunch cilantro and/or parsley
1/2 cup sunflower sprouts
2 stalks celery
2 tbs. truly raw cashews
1 tsp. raw cacao nibs
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Add goji berries and goji berry soak water in a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary. Serve right away.
Fresh Raw Goji Berry Juice
1/4 cup goji berries, (1 oz)
2 cups water
optional: 1/4 cup fresh blackberries, raspberries or blueberries
Soak goji berries in water for 4 hours or more, overnight is fine
Blend in blender until well blended, optionally you can add some fresh fruit as listed above or apple, mango and/or banana.
Cranberry Goji Berry Bites by Alex Malinsky
3 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups of each (raisins, apricots, goji berries)
3/4 cup agave nectar
1 cup apple juice
1 cup almond powder (blend dry almonds into a powder)
1 cup golden flax seed meal
1 tbs. fresh ground ginger
2 tbs. orange zest
1 cup chopped almonds or raw oats
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
How to: Combine everything together. Add a little water to make it dough like. Roll out balls from this dough mixture and place on dehydrator sheets to dry. Dehydrate for 8-10 hrs. or until firm to the texture. Delicious!
Goji Berry Facts
` Contains 19 amino acids, the building blocks of protein? including all eight that are essential for life.
` Contains 21 trace minerals, including germanium, an anti-cancer trace mineral rarely found in foods.
` Contains more protein than whole wheat (13 percent).
` Contains a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene (a better source than even carrots!) and zeaxanthin (protects the eyes). Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods.
`Contains Vitamin C at higher levels than even those found in oranges.
`Contains B-complex vitamins, necessary for converting food into energy.
`Contains Vitamin E (very rarely found in fruits, only in grains and seeds).`Contains Beta-Sitosterol, an anti-inflammatory agent. Beta-Sitosterol also lowers cholesterol and has been used to treat sexual impotence and prostate enlargement.
` Contains essential fatty acids, which are required for the body?s production of hormones and for the smooth functioning of the brain and nervous system.
` Contains Cyperone, a sesquiterpene that benefits the heart and blood pressure, alleviates menstrual discomfort, and has been used in the treatment of cervical cancer.
` Contains Solavetivone, a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compound.
` Contains Physalin, a natural compound that is active against all major types of leukemia. It has been shown to increase splenic natural killer cell activity in normal and tumor-bearing mice, with broad-spectrum anti-cancer effect. It has also been used as a treatment for hepatitis B.
` Contains Betaine, which is used by the liver to produce choline, a compound that calms nervousness, enhances memory, promotes muscle growth, and protects against fatty liver disease. Betaine also provides methyl groups in the body's energy reactions and can help reduce levels of homocysteine, a prime risk factor in heart disease. It also protects DNA.
FAQ's about Goji Berries
What do Goji berries taste like?
The taste is not too difficult to describe .... some say between a cranberry and a cherry .... others say they taste of raspberry and plum .... you will have to decide for yourself!
Where does the original Tibetan Goji berry come from?
The original Tibetan Lycium (Goji) berry comes from Tibet. Tibet is the highest most remote place on Earth and the Goji remains the purest Lycium with the richest nutrient energy.
What is the difference between Tibetan Goji Berries and Chinese Wolfberries?
The Tibetan Goji Berry comes in 18 oz (1/2 kilo) bags, keep this in mind when comparing to the 1 lb prices of other companies. The Chinese Wolfberry may be grown with pesticides in depleted soil, dyed red, sulfured and irradiated. The Chinese Wolfberry may be more expensive too. There is also a multi-Level marketing company selling Goji (gogi) Juice or Himalayan (Himilayan) Wolf berry Juice or Goji Berry Juice. It is our understanding that these are not made from the Authentic Tibetan Goji Berry, though people are acheiving great results using the juice. Bottled Goji Juice may contain a small amount of heated fruit juice concentrates and a small amount of sodium benzoate preservative. See recipe above to make your own pure Raw Goji Juice. Enjoy your Goji (gogi) berry experience.
What can I make with Goji berries?
Savior each berry individually or add to hot and cold cereals, shakes, smoothies, salads, desserts, add a handful to your water bottle and eat them as you drink, use in trail mix, soups, whole fruit and nut bar, teas and more. Let your imagination soar with this creative culinary wild delight!
How is the Goji berry grown?
The Tibetan Goji berry is pure and harvested according to wild crafting methods, this exceeds organic standards set in the U.S. and is grown in ancient million year old soils in remote Himalayan valleys untouched by any pollutants, contaminates or pesticides.
What are some benefits and nutrients found in goji berries?
The berries, seeds and rhizomes have a marked antibacterial, aperient, carminative, cancer, febrifuge and ophthalmic effects. The fruits and roots are used in treating ulcers, urethral discharges, ophthalmia, jaundice, fevers and cancers.
The Berries are being investigated as a food that is capable of reducing the incidence of cancer and also as a means of halting or reversing the growth of cancers. The fruit is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids, essential fatty acids, and other bioactive compounds.
How are the goji berries dried and harvested?
The berries are collected in the late summer to early autumn when the fruit is mature. It is spread thin on bamboo mats and dried in semi-shady sunlight. The farmers must be very careful not to touch the fruit with their hands during the drying process because this will cause the fruit to turn very dark, almost black, which is unacceptable.
What is the ORAC antioxidant level of Tibetan Goji Berries?
Lab verified 36000 orac units (antioxidant level).
Did you know??
In Tibet and Inner Mongolia this red berry is cherished by the locals, they honor it with celebrations and festivities that last for two weeks every year. They live free of arthritis, cancer, diabetes and many other common diseases and their life expectancies are well over a hundred. It has been used for centuries in Tibet and throughout the Himalayas and there is no known risk of continual use only benefits.
*Purchase of this product supports the Clinic of Tibetan Medicine, the local Goji Farmers Cooperative, ethnobotany and botanical medicine research.
Thirty-Four Reasons To Eat Goji Berries!
Master Herbalist, registered pharmacist, and worldrenowned nutritionist Dr. Earl Mindell knows a good thing when he sees it! Based on countless hours of scientific research, he's discovered the following 34 reasons to take goji on a daily basis!
1. Extends life, protecting your body from premature aging through its powerful antioxidant action.
2. Increases your energy and strength, especially when fighting disease.
3. Makes you feel and look younger. Goji stimulates the secretion of hGH (human growth hormone), the youth hormone.
4. Maintains healthy blood pressure.
5. Reduces your risk of cancer.
6. Reduces cholesterol.
7. Promotes normal blood sugar in early adult-onset diabetes.
8. Enhances sexual function and treats sexual dysfunction.
9. Helps you lose weight.
10. Relieves headaches and dizziness
11. Relieves insomnia and improves quality of sleep.
12. Supports eye health and improves your vision.
13. Strengthens your heart.
14. Inhibits lipid peroxidation. (a cause of heart disease)
15. Improves disease resistance.
16. Improves immune response. (T-cell, IL-2, IgA, IgG)
17. Cancer treatment.
18. Restores and repairs DNA. (Preventing mutations
that can cause cancer)
19. Inhibits tumor growth.
20. Reduces the toxic effects of chemotherapy & radiation.
21. Builds strong blood, enhancing production of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, and treatment of bone marrow deficiency.
22. Improves lymphocyte count.
23. Activates anti-inflammatory enzymes.
24. Supports healthy liver function.
25. Treats menopausal symptoms.
26. Prevents morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy.
27. Improves Fertility.
28. Strengthens your muscles and bones.
29. Supports normal kidney function.
30. Improves your memory and recall ability.
31. Helps chronic dry cough.
32. Alleviates anxiety and stress.
33. Promotes cheerfulness and brightens your spirit.
34. Improves weakened digestion.
Did you know?
One man, Li Qing Yuen, is said to have lived to be 252 years old consuming mainly goji berries throughout his life span. Click here to read about his amazing story!
P.S. I have no affiliation to rawguru.. I just found all this on his site.. thought you might enjoy
Anothier Tidbit of info....
Himalayan Fountain of Youth: The Secret of Goji
Written by: Jill Ettinger - Rated 4.91 out of 5, 11 people have rated it.
You're never too old to become younger. - Mae West
Every year in Tibet, for two weeks there is a festival celebrating a fruit. Thats right, a fruit festival, but were not talking apples and oranges here, this celebration pays tribute to a berry smaller than a raisin.
The honored fruit is an ancient powerhouse of nutrition: the Goji Berry (Lycium). Known throughout China as the happy berry, reverence for this unassuming, yet immensely powerful berry dates back millennia, though it only recently has been gaining recognition as a superfood around the world.
The story goes that the health benefits of the goji berry were discovered when some ripe berries fell off of a vine into a local water source. As people drank this goji-enhanced water, their health and happiness significantly increased. Gojis quickly became a staple food in Asian diets, adding flavor and nutrition to soups, stews and juices, or eaten alone fresh off the vine or sun-dried.
Notably medicinal, they also serve as the basis of the Chinese and Tibetan herbal systems mainly due to their immune enhancing properties, stimulate the secretion of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Every cell in the human body has HGH receptors, enabling them to increase their resistance to disease and aging, thus drastically regenerating the body. HGH is often taken from cadavers and sold for thousands of dollars for its age reversing effects.
A morally questionable practice and cost prohibitive for most people, science is also discovering that the body benefits more significantly from secreting this healing hormone itself rather than importing it from a dead person!
What modern science has only recently learned about goji berries has been espoused for thousands of years in Asia. Our modern medical systems serve humanity in many ways: the critical discovery of antibiotics and technological advances in medical procedures have reversed illnesses, eased traumatic injuries and extended life for millions.
Similarly, crucial herbal and energetic healing systems used for thousands of years by our ancestors are shaking off the dust - being unearthed and praised for their harmonious and natural abilities to restore balance, increase levels of health and vigor and inspire a connection with the natural world.
Awareness of preventive health habits, diets and improvements to our agricultural systems have increased in recent years, but a well balanced diet is no longer enough to insure optimal health.
Soil erosion has drastically depleted mineralization in our food sources. Human beings are complex creatures made up of many organic substances, perhaps most significantly, a delicate balance of all minerals found in nature. Minerals are in essence, the vibrational frequency from which all life exists and thrives.
A diet lacking in proper mineralization is a diet prone to disease. Immune systems weaken when there is a depletion of minerals, even those who eat a diet that is rich in organic plant-foods needs to secure proper mineral supplementation to maintain health. Not the case several thousand years ago when the soil was thriving with nutrients, but it is the cost of living in the modern world. Perhaps it is no coincidence that superfoods like Goji Berries loaded not only with minerals, but substances that help heal illnesses obtained from a lifetime of low fiber, low mineral fast-food diets are resurfacing.
So while Americans continue to Venti-Latte themselves to death, with most foods available being completely void of nutrition, the search for the cure-all magic pill or you name-it-diet (the subway diet?) increases. Perhaps the reason this magic pill has yet to be found is it may not be a pill at all, but a little red berry.
Tasting almost like a cross between a cherry and a raisin, the goji is sweet but not overly sugary. Typically eaten dried like a raisin, gojis are a deep reddish-orange color due to the dense concentration of beta-carotene. They are in fact the richest source of beta carotene found in any major food (youd have to eat a lot of carrots... seriously, dozens!), a small handful a day easily supplies over 600 carotenoid compounds.
Loaded with Vitamin C, minerals like germanium and zinc, protein, beta-sisterol compounds (anti-inflammatory agents), cancer fighting polysaccharides, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties - the goji is an action-packed cellular food. The goji is finding its way out of the herbal medicine cabinet and onto plates, snack mixes and juice blends.
Gaining popularity in the growing raw food movement (a vegetarian diet emphasizing unprocessed, uncooked fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts etc) as a nutritious daily superfood, goji berries are available in most health food stores, and online at: www.rawfood.com
1/2 cup organic goji berries
32 oz spring water
juice of 1 valenica orange
juice of 3 large lemons + 1 lemon for garnish 3-4 tablespoons raw honey, agave nectar or maple syrup pinch of salt ice
Put all ingredients except garnish lemon and ice in a high speedblender or vitamix and mix well. The lemonade will turn a beautiful orange-reddish color. Strain off goji pulp, and pour over ice. Slice lemon wedges and add to glass. Fresh mint leaves from the garden make a great addition!
By Raw food chefs David Steinberg and Jackie Ayala
1 cup goji berries, soaked and drained (save soak water)
1 cup bok choy cabbage, bottom white part, sliced thin
1/2 cup bok choy, green part, shredded
1 cup celery heart, diced
1 cup pink lady or fuji apples, diced
1/2 cup walnuts, soaked and rinsed
Compassion Cream (see recipe below)
Combine ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Serve over a bed of romaine or butter lettuce leaves. Divine!
1 young coconut, pulp
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
2 tbsp goji soak water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 medium ripe avocado
1/2 tsp fine ground Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
1/2 tsp. amarillo pepper powder, or cayenne
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Blend well in a high speed blender.
Woweee -- I must get out that old bag od goji berries that I got from Shazzies's site. I was very disappointed in them -- expensive to buy, not nice to eat. I find they hurt my teeth and don't like the flavour. Maybe it's worth persevering after all though.
03-15-2006, 11:25 PM
I made some crackers once that were delicious with goji berries.. Let me see if I can remember the ingredients.
Grind in coffee grinder..
in a food processor swirl
a bit of rolled oats
goji berries not soaked
a bit of ginger
pinch of clove
and ground flax and cacao nibs
drizzle of agave syrup
mix well but not mushy
Put on tel-flex sheets and dehydrate at 105 deg. for 7 hours turn and dry for another 6 hours. break apart and enjoy.
03-16-2006, 12:44 AM
Mmmmmm, sounds naughty!!!
It really did taste rather naughty... I wanted something sweet but healthy.. so I just started throwing stuff together... oh I forgot I added a banana also to all that... :D When I took it to work to much on.. everyone teased me.. stating it looked like cow poo... so I loving refer to them as my cow poo crackers... sometimes I would also bring tahini to dip my celery in but mixed with a bit of cinnamon. and this girl that is not raw tasted it and called it my "Dirt Dip" Well... I love my "Dirt dip" and my "Cow Poo".. They are raw and healthy ;) :p
03-17-2006, 01:58 PM
I see a lot of comments about how wonderful goji berres are and am tempted to buy some just to see if I agree BUT they are so expensive. Think I'll have to give them a miss after some of the comments on this thread.
Something that is very tasty but still a bit expensive for its size is the Hi Bar from the Raw Living website (English company). It's made with nuts and agave and you can get two or three different flavours, including orange and peppermint. All raw and all yummy. Great portable snack food.
I think you're wise to do that, English Tracy. But I will try making Aromaticwings' yummy-sounding cookies with them -- thanks!
PS I notice the yummy cookies contain macca powder -- that's something else I bought and don't like the taste of.
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