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Versatile and local: Fraser Valley goji berries are ready for picking

Sweet and spicy goji-mango salsa recipe included

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June 04, 2017

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After 22 years of growing peppers on their farm in Aldergrove, B.C., Danise and Peter Breederland decided to take a chance, planting 20 acres of goji berries.

It took years of trial and error, but eventually the spindly trees, which, like peppers and tomatoes, belong to the nightshade family, started to bear some fruit. 

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"[Peter] is always a visionary looking for something new to do," Danise told Lien Yeung, guest host of CBC's Our Vancouver.

Now the Breederlands' land is yielding enough of the crop to produce an array of goji-based products and sustain a U-pick operation in the summer months.

For those looking to harvest their own, the farm also sells trees for customers to take home. 

Danise showed off a few of those products on the show, including a goji berry breakfast smoothie, goji jelly, and a goji berry lemonade.

"It's very versatile — you can use it in sweet foods, you can use it in savory foods. That's what I really love about the goji berry over other berries is that it can go both ways," she said.

RECIPE: Goji-mango salsa

Spicy and sweet, this goji-mango salsa promises to brighten up your summer barbecues. (Gojoy)

This sweet and spicy mango salsa is easy to assemble and as flexible as the berry itself.

After letting it rest for about ten minutes, serve it on tacos, chips, fish, chicken or on its own, it's that good.

This recipe yields about three cups of salsa.

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