Goji Berries - Lycium barbarum

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Goji berries

  • Goji Berries used in traditional Asian medicine
  • sweet-sour in taste
  • Yogurt, Smoothies, Cereals
  • long used in Asian cuisine

 How do Goji berries taste?

Goji berries taste sweet and sour. In Chinese cuisine, they are an ingredient for cooking. In Germany, we mix wolfberries in muesli, smoothies, or yogurts. They are also suitable as a snack for in between.

In Germany, we call the berry also wolfberry, Chinese wolfberry, or red diamond.

Wolfberries are the fruits of the common Bocksdorn. The Latin name of them is Lycium barbarum.

 Goji berries in Traditional Chinese Medicine

 According to traditional Chinese medicine, wolfberries increase the yin. Furthermore, Chinese medicine recommends them in case of: hypertension, sugar, eye problems, and support of the immune system. They are now called a Superfood.

They are said to be full of secondary plant nutrients, nutrients, and vital substances and positively influence the body’s cells.

 Furthermore, the common Bocksdorn is a thorny, winter hard shrub with a growing height of 2-4 meters. During the flowering period from June to August, it carries violet, funnel-shaped flowers. Moreover, its red fruits ripen from August to October.

 Cultivation areas 

Gojigrows in China and is sold nowadays, even in Europe. The largest cultivation area Chinas are in the north and west. Ningxia region is China's most productive region, with 50,000 tonnes in 2013.

The fields along the Yellow River (Huang He) have been around for 700 years. In the capital of Ningxia, Yinchuan, the Chinese have been celebrating every year the goji berries since 2000. This festival coincides with the harvest in August.

 Allergy

According to Wikipedia, Goji berries can also trigger allergies. Therefore, allergy sufferers and cardiac patients should not consume wolfberry until after consultation with your doctor.

 Interactions

When vitamin K antagonists (eg., Marcumar) are administered at the same time, which are in use for blood dilution, the blood-thinning effect is more intense. Consequently, there is an increased risk of bleeding. (Source Wikipedia and the Medical Journal of March 2013)

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