Goji Berries

Goji Berries

Goji Berries are the fruit of one of two closely related evergreen shrubs in the nightshade family native to subtropical Asia – specifically China and Mongolia – but are also found in Himalayan Tibet and India.

Goji Berries: Latin name: (Genus) Lycium; (Species) L. barbarum and L. chinense

Also known as the Chinese Wolfberry, the Chinese Boxthorn (and, curiously, the Duke of Argyll’s Tea Tree!), Goji Berries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

More precisely, they are high in vitamins C, B1, B2, B6 and E, and contain 21 trace minerals and 18 kinds of amino acids.

And to complete their already impressive list of health benefits, raw dried Goji Berries are richer in beta-carotene than any other food—including carrots!

Reputedly Goji Berries have been used by herbalists in China, Tibet and India for over 6000 years, primarily to help fortify the immune system, improve the eyesight and stimulate circulation.

But they have also been used as a tonic for the liver, and are lauded too for their anti-ageing and aphrodisiac properties.

Pretty good for a Himalayan shrub first introduced into the UK to decorate the Duke of Argyll’s garden!

For further information on the properties and use of Goji Berries we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.