Go for the Goji: Springtime Goji Berry Recipes

Goji berries have been a trending Superfood for the last couple of years, however they have been a staple in Traditional Chinese Medicine long before they made an appearance on the Dr. Oz Show.

Goji berries, or Go Qi Zi, are used to nourish and tonify the Liver and Kidneys for yin and blood deficiency patterns with symptoms like a sore back and legs, low-grade abdominal pain, and impotence. They also benefit the essence and brighten the eyes, which is needed when symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, and diminished visual acuity manifest. Goji berries are also good for moistening the lungs and healing from a consumptive cough. They can also be combined with any number of herbs, such as Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua) to fight headache. They are on the sweeter side and are sold dried at Chinese markets, and are therefore perfect for soups and teas.

A congee is a thin porridge made out of rice that is eaten throughout China as a breakfast food. It’s often simmered for very long periods of time to break down the rice. However, this Goji berry congee can be whipped up in about an hour and will give your Liver a fantastic boost.

Recipe: Goji Berry Congee

Ingredients:
– 1/4 cup of Goji Berry
– A slice of Fresh Ginger root
– 1/2 cup of Haiga Rice
– 1/2 cup of Long grain White Rice (or Short grain White Rice for slightly thicker starchier texture.)
– 4 cups of water (to begin with.)
– 3 or 4 cups of water (to add later as the Congee thickens.)
– Pinch of salt to taste
Optional Toppings:
Soy sauce, Diced tofu, Miso, Chopped scallion
Tip: If you only have Haiga or Long Grain White Rice, you may use those. This rice combination was created for the best texture.

Directions:

1) Rinse the rice several times until water is somewhat clear, then drain the water.
2) Add 4 cups of filtered water, rice and ginger together in a pot and cook on the stove at high heat until water boils. Stir it occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking at the bottom (even when there is plenty of water in the pot.)
3) Turn the heat down to medium, and cook for about 40 minute (or until rice is very soft and breaking apart.) Keep adding water to keep the rice soupy to avoid burning at the bottom.
4) When the rice is broken apart ( may like tiny flower blossoms), add Goji berries. Cook another 10 minutes. You may add more water for soupy or less for thicker Congee.
5) Add a pinch of salt to taste.

If sweet is more your style than savory, one of our acupuncturists recommends this tasty Chinese dessert soup that is good for the blood and heart.

Recipe: Traditional Chinese “Dessert” Soup

Ingredients:
– Snow fungus, dried, 50g
– Chinese red dates, 5-6
– Goji berries, 2 tbsp
– Water, 300ml +
– Raw local honey, 1-2 tbsp
-Bai he (lily bulb) 1 tbsp, cut up

Directions:
1) Soak the snow fungus overnight or for at least 4 hours until very soft.
2) Drain the water, trim off the yellow bits of the snow fungus and then cut into small pieces.
3) Add the snow fungus and raw local honey to a pan of water and boil very slowly and gently for 25 minutes on a low-heat, check on stir occasionally. Keep the lid tightly sealed.
4) Add the red dates, lily bulb and goji berries (and a drop more water if necessary) and continue to boil on a low-heat for another 10 minutes.

You can pick up Goji berries and Chinese red dates at our office, as well as at your local Chinese Market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Recipes from: http://www.hensenlifestyle.com/recipe-goji-berry-congee/

Snow Fungus, Chinese Red Date & Goji Berry Soup Sweet Soup

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