Eat Your Greens: Goji Leaves

Picture of goji leaves


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!


picture of saladpicture of soup


Ria xx


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  2. The goji leaves grow wild around the fence at my parents’ home so we used to have goji leaves soup made with pork liver and a couple of slivers of ginger. Really delish!

  3. I just ate some from my goji berry plants. Perhaps those pictured are too old. I am controlling the growth (it can be invasive) and just ate the young shoots with their leaves. OTOH I love bitter herbs so my tastes may be different as well.

  4. Mescalin?? Did you maybe mean mesclun?

    The first is a hallucinogen. The second (and most likely what you meant) means “mixed”. The term originated in the Provence area of France, and traditionally includes arugula, leaf lettuce, chervil and endive.

    The salad looks wonderful: brightly colored and appetizing. And I’m looking forward to trying the soup. Our neighbor has been most generous with his goji bushes!

    • Well I didn’t know mescalin was an hallucinogen! Yes it was a typing or auto correct error, I meant the mixed salad leaves. Thanks for pointing that out I should really edit the post as I don’t want folks thinking I add that sort of thing to my salads!

  5. A belated thanks for that information Kenny.Hope ypur tour went well. I had no idea there are different varieties of goji leaves. I don’t know which variety I tried I only know they were grown locally here in Hong Kong

    The price was less than US$1 for the bunch, There is usually 3- 4 “stalks” with the leaves on in the package. I didn’t really measure how many I used, just threw in a handful!

  6. Your leaves are from a certain plant that is bitter. There are 42 verieties and they all are not equal. People are growing and selling Goji without the knowledge of Goji. I eat Goji from my farm everyday…..raw..without bitter. Some of the best producing Goji Berry plants have a bitter taste from leaves….yet produce 8 lbs of berries.
    Not all lettuce is equal…not all strawberries are equal…not all potatoes are equal…….not all Goji are equal.
    I am the first producer of Goji to the market in Nevada….and will be a large farm growing! Before you hate the leaves… me…they are good! I placed about 20 leaves in my shake…they grind up…and mix in…tastes great….if you know what leaves you are picking….. We make a mixed salad….we have a farm tour to LGD Farms next month and making fresh Goji salad for everyone! Wish you could make it.,…….

    • Hi Kenny,
      Do you sell the edible leafy variety? You’re right, the variety we usually buy for berries does not tat
      Set good.

  7. I was wonering how much do they cost when you buy them in a bunch? and How much do you use in soups or salads?