You’ve probably heard of the unique Goji Berry and its health benefits. It’s native to Southeastern Europe and Asia and is a deciduous woody perennial plant. The tree produces a bright orange-red, ellipsoid berry with the number of seeds, usually 10-60 seeds in each berry, varying widely on the particular cultivar. The berries ripen from July to October in the northern hemisphere and tolerate drought, extreme heat and cold as well as poor soils.
The name goji originated in the Chinese language and has the same roots in Persian meaning “plum/berry”. It is considered a high-energy berry of a special Himalayan tree, harvested in the Himalayan. Some describe the Goji berries as tasting like a blend of berries and chocolate. They have high concentrations of antioxidants, fiber, phytosterols promoting cardiovascular and digestive health, as well as Vitamins A, C, and B, selenium, and other trace minerals.
Whole Foods advertises “goji berries“ as a tangy and delicious secret to great taste and good health prized by Asian cultures for over 5,000 years. Enjoy as a snack, sprinkled over oatmeal or yogurt or folded into your favorite muffin or scone recipe”.
In Oriental medicine, the Goji Berry is said to correct “chi deficiencies” such as low energy, insomnia, heart palpitations, and anxiety. Whether it actually does or not, it is full of many good additions to a health-conscious diet.