goji-ginger-almond-pears-b-300x200This sweet treat combines pears, goji berries, and ginger into a surprisingly healthy dessert that you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying. Pears are a delicious metabolism booster. Anjou, bartlett, and bosc pears taste excellent and work especially well. A tip — pears are best picked a little underripe and stored in a paper bag for a few days to ripen. Adding an apple or banana to the bag helps speed the ripening process.

Ginger has a reputation as a remedy for all sorts of ailments. Upset stomach[1], migraines[2], muscle aches[3]— it seems there isn’t much it can’t handle. It also helps maintain healthy blood pressure[4] and blood sugar levels.[5]

Of course, we can’t forget about the goji berries — a superfood with many health benefits.

One note about the recipe… I prefer arrowroot over cornstarch as a sauce thickener. It makes for a nicer sauce and it’s easier to digest, although a little harder to find. You can substitute cornstarch if you have difficulties locating arrowroot.
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Goji-Ginger Almond Pears

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 6

Equipment

  • Peeler
  • Knife
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small bowl

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Ingredients

  • 5 firm, ripe, organic pears
  • 3 cups organic apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh, organic ginger root
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic almond extract
  • 3 heaping tablespoons dried goji berries
  • Himalayan crystal salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Place goji berries in small bowl and cover with hot water. Allow to rehydrate for 5 minutes, then drain.
  2. Peel the pears, quarter them lengthwise, and core.
  3. Slice pears thinly and place in a saucepan with the apple cider and ginger root.
  4. Add a pinch of salt.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until pears are tender, about 15 minutes.
  6. Dissolve arrowroot or cornstarch in 1/3 cup cold water and add to the simmering pears, stirring, until the sauce is thick and clear.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Sprinkle goji berries on top. Serve warm or cold.

Do you have a tip for cooking with ginger, pears, or goji berries? Leave a comment and share it with us!

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

Source: Goji Berry Recipe: Goji-Ginger Almond Pears

References (5)
  1. Palatty PL, Haniadka R, Valder B, Arora R, Baliga MS. Ginger in the prevention of nausea and vomiting: a review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2013;53(7):659-69. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2011.553751.
  2. Mashhadi NS, Ghiasvand R, Askari G, Feizi A, Hariri M, Darvishi L, Barani A, Taghiyar M, Shiranian A, Hajishafiee M. Influence of ginger and cinnamon intake on inflammation and muscle soreness endued by exercise in Iranian female athletes. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;4(Suppl 1):S11-5.
  3. Mashhadi NS, Ghiasvand R, Askari G, Feizi A, Hariri M, Darvishi L, Barani A, Taghiyar M, Shiranian A, Hajishafiee M. Influence of ginger and cinnamon intake on inflammation and muscle soreness endued by exercise in Iranian female athletes. Int J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;4(Suppl 1):S11-5.
  4. Manosroi A, Lohcharoenkal W, Khonsung P, Manosroi W, Manosroi J. Potent antihypertensive activity of Thai-Lanna medicinal plants and recipes from “MANOSROI III” database. Pharm Biol. 2013 Jul 22.
  5. Mahluji S, Attari VE, Mobasseri M, Payahoo L, Ostadrahimi A, Golzari SE. Effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale) on plasma glucose level, HbA1c and insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetic patients. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2013 Sep;64(6):682-6. doi: 10.3109/09637486.2013.775223. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

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