Goji Berries – A Top Super Fruit

May 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Antioxidants, Super Foods

Gogi berries, or wolf berries as they are sometimes called grow in the Himalayan valleys of China, and
are cultivated in Tibet and Mongolia. These berries have been growing in that part of the world for
hundreds of years.
Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure medical ailments,
including kidney and liver disease. It is also consumed on a daily basis as nutrition in a soup or as a tea.
The term goji berry or Chinese wolf berries, also known as Lycium Barbarum (its Latin name). It is a
member of a family of flowering plants known as the Solanaceae, a plant family which also include
potatoes, tobacco, and tomatoes. Roughly eighty different varieties of lycium berry exist.

You may have read about some goji berries being marketed as Tibetan Goji berries. Apparently these
berries are supposed to be the original goji berries and better for you. The fact remains that the Chinese
were the ones who helped Tibet cultivate goji berries in the mountains. Those grown in the Tibetan
mountains may taste different but they are the same goji berries that grow in Zhongning, Ningxia China.
That is just marketing, so beware.

Goji berries grow on small green-leafed vines that yield a bright red fruit with a shape most resembling a
raisin. The berries are extremely delicate, and so they cannot be picked by hand. During the harvest,
they are shaken from the vine rather than being picked. They are sometimes dried in the sun this will
give them a chewy texture. The taste is often described as a cross between a raisin and a cranberry.

Several additional names are used to describe the goji berry, such as happy berry, gouqi, and gou qi zi.
Without a doubt, the people of this region of the world love the goji berry. Besides eating the berries,
they sometimes make a juice which is believe is quite nutritious because it is quite concentrated.

The goji berry’s introduction to the Western world is still fairly recent. They are being marketed in the
West in many forms including juice, bars, and teas. They have become a big hit in the United Kingdom.
It remains relatively unknown to large part of the US population. However, some people
curious about its health benefits and would like to grow goji berries

Apparently, goji berries are quite hardy. Many people are growing their own goji berries right here in the US. They do best in the warm weather but can survive winter when they are in the ground. They can be grown from seeds in pots and then transplanted in the ground when they are mature. You can also buy cuttings. They need 3 years before they can produce fruit. After that period you will receive a bounty of fruits every year. Why not give it a try.

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