Gouqi berries, goji berries, or wolfberry are all the rage recently for decreasing risk in several illness and improving health. So I bought a bag of dried gouqi berries from Wholefoods yesterday, and it's sitting on my island like a beacon, calling me to make something fun out of it. I was admiring the little almond shape berries this morning and thinking what to make with it so that my little eaters will readily consume it without picking out the red berries. I had often add a few of this mildly sweet berry in chicken soups as it adds a mild sweetness to the broth. Mom used it in most of our daily soups growing up, and I remembered grandma telling me to drink up my soup as the goji berries were suppose to be good for improving eyesight. Later I found out from my auntie Stella that these berries also enhance immune system function, protect the liver, and improve circulation. Oh, and also something about increasing sperm count. Nothing about increasing breasts size, but something about decreasing the chances of breast cancer. Seemed like a miracle berry, I guess.
My wonderful, healthly girlfriend Kathryn in California told me that she simply snack on these berries or make 'goji tea' (spelled that way here). Then I came across 'gouqi coffee' (spelled that way in China) at the asian market in San Francisco sometime ago. What would entice MY kids to eat this, I thought. Maybe I can wash and soak some, puree it, and add it to their popsicles? Bake a batch of goji muffins? Or goji cookies? I'll have to put this in the back burner till next week.