Goji Berry Tea – Dried goji berries are steeped in hot water to release mild fragrant aroma and enjoyed as nourishing beverage
Goji berry or known as wolfberry is an important ingredient in my mom’s pantry and so is mine (and I believe many other Asians). My mom uses goji berry for tea, soup, stir-fry veggies, or just munch them like raisins. This berry is originated from China and usually comes in dried form.
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WHAT IS GOJI BERRY TEA?
They are basically made of goji berry and water. That’s it! Easy as that. There’s no tea leaves involved. It is called “tea” because of the color that resembles tea in general.
HEALTH BENEFIT OF GOJI BERRY
Many Chinese who practice Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) swear by goji berry for many of its health benefits. Just to mention a few: to maintain youth, improve quality of sleep, to maintain the balance or restore of chi in our body, etc. Goji berries are known to be packed with nutrients and antioxidant. If you ask me, I won’t say it’s an elixir, because it’s not. It’s still good for you but there’s not one food that you can just eat on its own to draw benefits.
WHAT IS THIS GOJI BERRY TEA FOR?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, goji berry is considered a “neutral” ingredient. They are neither “heaty” nor “cool” for the body. They are perfect for overall health and daily consumption.
WHERE CAN I GET GOJI BERRY?
They are available at health food store or any Medicine hall in Asia. You can also get them from Amazon
CAN I DRINK THIS AS PART OF CONFINEMENT DIET?
My mom would suggest adding red dates or black dates to the tea to make it more “heaty”. So, it’s perfect for woman who has just given birth and need to restore her energy and for healing.
You don’t need a teapot to make this tea though. It does make it easier to pour hot boiling water for photography purpose 🙂
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For baking/ kueh making: I highly encourage to weigh ingredients with a digital kitchen scale instead of using measuring cups as they are not very accurate especially when it comes to recipe that requires precision.GRAMS TO CUPS CONVERSION (UNSIFTED)
- 1/4 cup of good quality dried goji berry
- 3 cups of hot water
- Good quality goji berry is easy to spot. It's large and has bright orange red color. Wash the goji berries in cold water a few times. Drain off water. Place them in a heat-proof container (with lid) and pour in 3 cups of hot water. Cover with the lid and let them steep for 1 hour. Uncover and ready to enjoy. I like to eat the hydrated berries too 🙂