Wilderness Family Naturals' Goji Berries are gathered from plants growing in the Ningxia province of China. The berries are dried using large commercial driers inspected by organic certifiers as well as officials from the Chinese government. The plants are never sprayed with herbicides or pesticides and the berries are not fumigated sweetened, or adulterated in anyway. Not only do they have the organic certification and other inspections, but before we purchase these berries we have them tested for multiple organic compounds, which are found in America, Asia and Europe. We want positive assurance that these berries are chemical-free and only if these pass this test are they shipped to America.
These Certified Organic Goji Berries that have been tested for multiple pesticides and herbicides to prove they do not contain any unwanted chemicals! Our Goji Berries have a low moisture content which gives them a long shelf life and preserves their nutrients. They easily re-hydrate when added to water, yet can be eaten as a snack right out of the bag.
Whole, naturally-dried Goji berries are about the size of a raisin. Though not as sweet as raisins, they are not tart like sour cherries or cranberries, either. Honestly, there is no fruit in the American diet that tastes similar to a Goji berry, but because they are neither sweet nor tart they blend well in savory dishes (such as vegetable soups and casseroles) equally as well as sweet dishes (such as fruit pies, relishes and jams).
These goji berries are dried to a very low moisture content giving them the longest shelf-life possible. Some are actually crunchy. This is done to reduce oxidation, degradation, and inhibit fermentation of the berries. They can be stored at room temperature out of sunlight. Since they come in re-sealable foil bags, this can easily be done by simply placing them in a cupboard or pantry.
How do I use Goji berries?
In China and Tibet the berries are usually eaten raw or made into teas or added to hot cereals and soups. If you look for Asian recipes using dried goji berries you will find such things as chicken soup or a warm hot grain cereal that has goji berries added to it. Asians make a tea by boiling herbs and the goji fruit in water.
If you look at recipes from the U.S. you will find many people like to soak their goji berries overnight (or for at least15-20 minutes to soften them) and whipped in a blender in the morning. This "goji puree" is then the base for a smoothie or delicious drink.