Freeze dried Goji Berries

A Burst of Flavor and Nutrition

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What is freeze drying?


Have you ever wondered how drying methods can affect these little superfruits? Let's explore this superior dehydration method called freeze drying or lyophilization and see why they are a better choice than conventionally dried ones.

Imagine this: you pick a fresh berry, but instead of letting it dry out under the sun or in an oven, you zap it with intense cold and low pressure. That's the magic of freeze-drying!

Here's a breakdown:

Freezing Fast: Fresh berries are rapidly frozen to incredibly low temperatures (around -50°C). This turns the water content into ice crystals.

Pressure Drop: The frozen berries are placed in a vacuum chamber with very low pressure.

Sublimation: Under low pressure, the ice crystals in the berries "sublimate," meaning they turn directly from solid (ice) to gas (vapor) without ever becoming liquid.

Voila! Freeze-Dried: With the water removed, what's left are light, fluffy, and intensely flavorful berries! 

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Compared to conventional drying methods like sun-drying or oven-drying, freeze-drying offers several advantages:

Preserves Nutrients 

Freeze-drying minimizes heat exposure, which can degrade vitamins and antioxidants. This means you get a more potent dose of the good stuff in freeze-dried Goji berries. Freeze drying can preserve up to 97% of all phytonutrients, opposed to around 30% for conventional drying methods.

Retains Flavor and Color 

Not only do freeze-dried goji berries retain their nutritional potency, but they also boast a superior flavor and texture compared to conventionally dried berries. The slow, gentle freeze-drying process locks in the natural sweetness and tartness of the berries, creating a burst of flavor with every bite. 

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Rehydrates Quickly

Pop a few freeze-dried Goji berries in water for a few seconds and it plumps back up surprisingly fast, offering a burst of fresh-like texture. 

Culinary creations

From smoothie bowls to granola bars to trail mix, freeze-dried goji berries add a nutritious and delicious boost to a wide range of culinary creations. Their light and airy texture make them perfect for sprinkling over yogurt or oatmeal, while their intense flavor makes them a standout ingredient in homemade energy balls or baked goods. Plus, the delicate texture of freeze-dried goji berries makes them perfect for snacking or adding to your favorite recipes without any added moisture.

Long shelf life

Due to the extremely low moisture content achieved by this superior drying process, the shelf life of the berries are extended, by a lot. If stored in a sealed, air tight container, along with an oxygen absorbing pack, the shelf life of the product is extended to well over 10 years.

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Double the Berries, Double the Benefits!

Here's another main advantage of freeze-drying: moisture content.

Conventionally dried Goji berries typically retain around 25% moisture, while freeze-dried berries boast an impressive moisture content of only 12%. This means that for the same weight, say 100 grams, you'll get nearly double the volume of berries with the freeze-dried option. Since the nutrients and antioxidants are concentrated in the non-watery parts of the berry, this translates to more vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds per serving. It's like getting more bang for your buck, nutritionally speaking!

The Verdict: Freeze-Dried for the Win!

While conventionally dried Goji berries still offer some benefits, freeze-drying seems to be the clear winner. With superior nutrient preservation, vibrant flavor, extended shelf life, and a bonus boost in concentration  and volume due to lower moisture content, freeze-dried Goji berries are a fantastic option for those seeking the full potential of these superfruits.

So, the next time you reach for a snack, consider the power of freeze-drying for a more flavorful, nutritious, and volume-packed experience! 

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