When I saw these goji leaves in the grocery store this morning I just had to get them. I eat the berries perhaps too often but I’d never seen the leaves before and was intrigued to try them.
I happened to call in my local organic convenience store on the way home and was advised to eat them in soups. At home I looked through my vegetable reference books but they were not listed. A quick search of the internet and I found this page on the Livestrong site which mentioned you could eat the leaves raw or stir-fried.
So I decided I’d try the leaves raw in a Double Goji Salad with some dried berries, followed by cooked in an oriental vegetable broth for my lunch. To prepare I just removed the leaves from the stem and washed them, then added the smaller ones to my salad and the bigger ones into the soup.
The verdict: Cooked is a lot better than raw.
I didn’t dislike them raw although they had a very strong taste which turned quite bitter the longer I chewed. I was glad I’d included some mixed mescalin leaves and was very thankful for the sweetness of the cherry tomatoes and dried goji berries I’d added in. I just preferred them cooked in the soup as the bitterness was milder. And I did include more than the one I pointed out in the picture below, they just sank to the bottom of the bowl!