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6/21/13 10:53 P

Thanks, Anarie. I should have thought of that, I remember receiving a mailer from my favorite seed supplier about goji berries.

Here's a link to their page of information about growing, harvesting, and even drying them!! I think I could add a couple in containers on my patio, and transfer to the groud if they do well in our heat.

groworganic.com/organic-gardening/articles
/goji-berries-antioxidant-beauty-in-yo
ur-home-garden


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6/21/13 10:39 P

Do you know the magazine? Have you looked at the recipe?
I wondered which ingredient you thought was odd?

They seem to be one little voice quietly screaming at the food industry, or us.

Just in case you haven't seen the magazine, here is a link to the recipe:

nakedfoodmagazine.com/no-bake-cacao-goji-s
uper-cookies/


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6/21/13 10:13 P

The fact that this magazine has a recipe using an odd ingredient, makes it suspicious already. That recipe has been done 100 times using any berry you want, don't be mislead by something not easy to find. The Health Food Industry is a disgrace.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,148
6/21/13 8:18 P

Good mood.

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6/21/13 8:03 P

Absolutely love them --

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6/21/13 6:19 P

I just saw that you're a gardener. Goji berries are apparently pretty easy to grow and both heat- and cold-tolerant. If you try the dried ones and like them, look into growing your own. I saw something that said they're perennial for zones 3 to 10!

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6/21/13 3:44 P

Well, I can dehydrate all of those things myself. Also, I'm out of them right now, but I can get Trader Joes dried cranberries that say they don't have sugar.

Thanks for the info. I'll start looking for the dried Goji berries.

ANARIE Posts: 12,487
6/21/13 3:37 P

In the US you can only get dried goji berries (and I'm sure that's what the recipe means.) They taste sort of like raspberry/cranberry/banana. The closest thing in taste and texture would be dried cranberries, but since they're usually loaded with extra sugar, if I were looking for a substitute in that particular combination, I would go with dried tart cherries or blueberries. Or, if you have access to them, dried unsweetened raspberries.

But look for dried goji berries first. They're easier to find than you might think, and price has come down recently. If there's a store near you with a "natural foods" section, they'll likely have some.

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6/21/13 3:27 P

A recipe from Naked Food Magazine made a bake/or no bake cookie with Goji berries and cacao powder. I've never tried goji berries, and I'm not sure I'll find them around here.

So if you've eaten Goji berries, what other fruit could be substituted? Are they sweet, tart? dry? very wet? more toward cherries, blueberries, or strawberries?

Note: the recipe combines oats, banana, coconut, nuts, cacao powder, and optional chocolate chips.

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