Goji Berry-Ginger Tea
Ginger and Goji Berry Tea Recipe
Goji berries may not be something you’re familiar with, but you need to get to know them! These delicious little gems are packed with nutrients. They go well in baked goods, like gluten-free goji berry granola, goji berry granola bars, and trail mixes. They’re also a fantastic addition to drinks like smoothies and teas. Even your faithful canine can get in on the goji berry recipes with grain-free goji berry dog treats!
What Are Goji Berries?
Also known as wolfberries, goji berries are the fruit of either of two closely related species of boxthorn in the nightshade family. Nightshades include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and chili peppers. People with nightshade sensitivities should avoid goji berries.
Most goji berries are cultivated in north-central China. Farmers in the United States and Canada also grow goji berries.
Why Are Goji Berries Healthy?
Goji berries are a tasty and versatile way to boost your nutrition because they’re chock-full of antioxidants. Gojis are considered one of the best food sources of the carotenoid zeaxanthin, one of two carotenoids along with lutein, contained within the retina. Studies indicate that zeaxanthin may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Therefore, including goji berries in your diet may protect your vision as you age. If “getting older” is still a way off, remember it’s never too early to take care of your eyes.
But…Goji Berry-Ginger Tea?
Yes! Traditionally, Chinese, Mongolian, and Tibetan cultures brewed tea with goji berries. Ginger-goji berry tea is so simple to make it’s hardly a recipe! My first sip of plain goji berry tea reminded me of a herbal dandelion coffee substitute I’ve had. It was delicious. Because ginger also has amazing benefits for healthy living, I added it to my blend.
You can add your favorite natural sweetener to taste, but honestly, it’s lovely without! The berries will plump up and soften as they steep. Eat them as you sip or save them to add to a smoothie later.
Note: Traditional Chinese medicine uses goji berries to treat conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. However, when it comes to pharmaceutical drugs to treat those conditions, in vitro studies have shown a possible interference with warfarin and drugs for hypertension and diabetes. If you take these medications, be sure to consult your health care practitioner concerning your use of goji berries.
Goji Berry-Ginger Tea
With the antioxidants of goji berries and digestion benefits of ginger, Hot Goji Berry-Ginger Tea is actually a traditional way to use these little superfoods!
Servings: 1 serving
- 1 tablespoon Wildly Organic dried goji berries
- 1/2" piece fresh ginger root peeled and sliced (optional)
- 1 mug or cupful boiling water
- Your favorite natural sweetener (optional)
- Place the dried goji berries and ginger (if used) in the bottom of a mug or tea cup.
- Pour boiling water into the cup.
- Steep several minutes until the water cools and looks like a weak tea.
- Sweeten, if desired, then sip and enjoy!