Superfood Series: Goji Berries Jam

by Sasha on May 7, 2011

I am happy to announce that in the next couple of weeks I will be doing a weekly post on superfoods. I love adding superfoods to my diet to help boost my immune system, increase my nutritional intake and to maximize my health.

Today I will be sharing about this wonderful little gem called Goji Berries. I often use goji berries in my diet, however to be honest I did not love them at the start. Since I have learned more about them and how to use them, they have become a favourite.

The Goji berries are small but they pack a nutritional punch that you will not want to miss out on. There are over 40 species of the goji berry. The Chinese culture view the goji berry highly and rightfully so:

Protein
They are a good source of protein!!! A lot questions always arise on where do I get my protein from? Goji berries can help you out in this area. They are a complete source of protein and they contain all eight of the essential amino acids that our body needs, but can not synthesize on it’s own. Meaning we need to get these essential amino acids from our food and therefore goji berries are a great addition to your diet.

Fiber
A 1/4 cup or 30 grams per serving can offer you 10 grams of fiber to your day (organic traditions)

Antioxidants
They are a rich source of antioxidants. Luetin, zeaxanthin, beta-caroten are some of the antioxidants found in goji berries. The “goji berries contain more beta-caroten than carrots” (David Wolfe, Superfoods)

Trace Minerals and Vitamins
Goji berries are a good source of trace minerals and vitamins. They contain zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, phosphorus, B6, and vitamin E. They are a source of Vitamin C and high on the ORAC Scale. However the amount of vitamin C in them seems to be a debatable point.

Immunity
Goji berries have been use to help deal with stress and build the immune system. Often suggested for people who need to rebuild their energy and strength.

How to Use Goji Berries:

1. Can be used as a fun easy snack and eaten on it’s own.

2. You can soak and rehydrate them. Use the soak water in your smoothies. Or alternatively add the dry berries to your smoothie to add some bulk to your smoothies.

3. Make your own homemade trail mix or cereal. Mix some into a bag of nuts, buckwheat grouts, coconut and cacao nibs or dried organic fruits.

4. Add them to steep in your favourite herbal teas. Yummy. This is one of my favourite ways to have them.

Or use them in elaborate desserts, sauces and condiments. Put them in your homemade chocolate creations. The options are endless.

This is a my Goji Berry Chia Seed Jam. This jam is packed full of goji berries, fruit zest, chia seeds and lemon juice. Then blended in the food processor. I got this idea from one of David Wolfe’s books and decided to make a few changes. Mainly adding chia to the mixture and a few other ingredients.

I have to tweak it a bit before I share the recipe. However it will be a keeper on my list. The really interesting thing about this jam is that it could be sweet or savoury depending on your choice of ingredients.


Goji Berries Jam on sprouted hemp bread.

I am excited to say that I will be growing my own goji berries this year. They will be the North American species, so we will see what happens.

Do you use goji berries in your superfood arsenal? What is your favourite way to use them?

Stay tuned for more on Superfoods…..

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren May 7, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Goji berry jam sounds amazing! Yum!

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Sasha May 8, 2011 at 2:02 am

Hi Lauren,

Thanks for your comment. I will post the recipe once I get it tweaked a bit. I just love the colour of the jam. It's just is fun to see.

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Lisa May 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

I love goji berries! They sometimes taste weird or a little icky, but overall, I am in love with them in many forms. I bought the juice one time, but I much prefer the berries. Goji jam sounds like a genius idea!

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Sasha May 9, 2011 at 3:10 am

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for your comments. Yes I have had the juice once to and I would rather eat the berries. I actually like them in tea. To be honest at first I didn't love the taste, however now I love them!!

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shannonmarie May 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I like to use goji berries in smoothies, teas, trail mix, and other treats, but I do agree that they aren't the best on there own. That jam looks delicious 🙂

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Sasha May 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Thanks Shannonmarie for your comment. Yes I love them in smoothies. Now I like them on their own but it took me a good while to get that way. However for my family I will mix it with something.

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rawkinmom May 10, 2011 at 2:21 am

I use goji berries too!! I don't like the taste plain either…I use them in smoothies mostly. I also have made cinnamon goji pecans in my dehydrator and another way I like to eat them is with chlorella tablets!

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Sasha May 10, 2011 at 4:28 am

Rawkinmom,

Thanks for your comment. Very interesting to see how you use the goji berries with chlorella. One the chocolates I like is with a little salt, algae, goji berries and mesquite. The goji pecans sound great.

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Jody May 10, 2011 at 5:10 am

I eat a hand full of goji berries and 1/4 cup of raw pistachios before hitting the trails with my dogs each morning. Gives me just enough umph til I get back home for my big green smoothie! 🙂 Your jam looks so yummy! Can't wait for the recipe. 🙂

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan May 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Goji-chia jam? That sounds fantastic! I hope you share the recipe ASAP! 🙂

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Sasha May 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks Amber for your comment. I usually don't like chia pudding as I have issues with the texture, however this worked for me. Recipe coming soon.

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Elizabeth May 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

cannot wait until you share that jam recipe.
wonderful post.
peace and raw health,
e

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Sasha May 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for your comments. I should have the recipe soon. Trying a couple of variations to see which one works best. Then I will share.

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HiHoRosie May 13, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Like several others have said, I don't care for gojis on their own, however, my son snarfs them but have to watch that since it gives him diaper rash. 🙁 Anyway, the jam looks wonderful!

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Sasha May 14, 2011 at 1:02 am

HiHoRosie,

Thanks for your comments. Ouch they give your son a rash. My daughter eats a few. However not to much.

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