In this article, we're going to answer your biggest questions about the goji berry. We're talking about the taste, fresh versus dried goji berry, how to use it in your recipes and more.
Let's dive in...
What Does a Goji Berry Taste Like?
Goji berries, also awesomely called "wolfberries," are those interesting types that don't taste like you'd expect them to. Stores often sell the dried kind, which taste a lot like craisins mixed with cherries, tart and sweet.
But the cranberry-raisin-cherry flavor only really develops in the dried berries. There are different varieties of these Asian fruits, the taste of which can range from sweet tomatoes to bitter raspberry in raw form.
Goji Berry Texture
Because they're more easily accessible, most people are familiar with the texture of dried goji berries. It's not much different from the texture of a raisin, but it's drier, chewier and grainier.
Raw goji berries aren't like that, as you might guess. They look like little oval tomatoes, and that's exactly what they're like in texture, juicy and pulpy.
Can Goji Berries Be Eaten Raw?
The wolfberry can most definitely be eaten raw. Now whether you'll want to is a different story. Some plants produce pleasantly sweet and tart fruits while others offer the bitterest flavors.
Unfortunately, the bitter kinds are the ones with the lingering aftertaste, which is one reason they put people off. Generally, the dried berries are preferred.
Do You Need to Soak Dried Goji Berries?
Soaking your dried goji berries will certainly soften them so that they're plump and tender instead of dry and chewy. Otherwise, you may find yourself chewing a little longer than you would eating raisins.
But you really don't need to soak them—it's a step that adds extra time, anyway, and when you're making a bowl of granola, you just want to toss a handful on top, not add 10 minutes of prep time.
How Do You Eat Goji Berries?
We've already mentioned the granola, but you can also eat goji berries in a smoothie bowl topped with granola, sliced fruit, cacao nibs and all your favorite superfoods.
Goji berries are favorite ingredients in energy bars, raw desserts and smoothies. As they've gained popularity over the years, they've been added more frequently to store-bought cereals, cookies and beverages. You can even drink goji berry tea.
Goji Berry Serving Tips
You're probably wondering what adding goji berries to your recipes looks like. They tend to be paired with certain recurring flavors, as you'll see in these videos with step-by-step recipes.
The earthy, caramel-like flavor of lucuma powder blends perfectly with goji berries in this tropical smoothie.
Here's what you need to make it:
- Goji berries
- Lucuma powder
For a quick and easy dessert, try making this vegan orange and goji berry fudge.
Buy the following ingredients:
- Creamed coconut
- Cacao powder
- Your favorite liquid sweetener
- Vanilla extract
- Sea salt
- Orange zest
- Goji berries
Or make your own delicious granola with goji berries and any other dried fruit you like.
Here are the ingredients:
- Sprouted buckwheat
- Any fruits you enjoy
- Soaked goji berries
- Your favorite seeds
- Lemon juice and zest
- Vanilla extract
Dried goji berries tend to be preferred over fresh ones as they're tart and sweet rather than toward the bitter side. Soak them in water if you want to soften the super chewy texture and add them to your cereal, smoothies and desserts. Try a combo of goji, chocolate and coconut for fabulous results.