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What are Goji Berries?

Goji Berries

The word goji is a phonetic approximation of the Mandarin word which describes the Chinese Wolfberry.

Wolfberry from Zhongning county in Ningxia province is one of the medicinal and edible plants promulgated by the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China. The name Wolfberry first appeared in Shi Jing more than 2500 years ago. The Shennong’s Classic of Material Medica, the first official codex in ancient China, mentioned this fruit and named it as a “top grade”. Li Shi-zhen of Ming Dynasty in his Compendium of Materia Medica provided a detailed discussion. Artificial cultivation began more than 600 years ago.

While many stories abound in the western world today, the truth is very simple. The goji berry is actually the Chinese Wolfberry. Two main species are known and they have the Latin taxonomy of Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense. A rather exhaustive dissertation can be found on Wikipedia which is known for journalistic veracity. See here

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Dried goji berries are like chewy red raisins and should have a pleasant taste. We specify a 10 – 12 % moisture level when we order our berries as we find it most appealing to our customers. Goji can be eaten plain as a snack or added to almost anything from salads to smoothies or cereals and yogurts. Soaking the berries is a good way to prepare them for addition to baked products or pancakes.
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