Are you growing Goji Berries in your garden? If the answer’s NO, there’s a fair chance you aren’t too familiar with the intriguing history, the amazing properties or the immense health benefits of goji berries. Also known as Chinese Wolfberries or Lycium Barbarum, these small berries have long been a source of food, medicine and fascination.
History of Goji berries
Goji berries are considered native to the Himalayas. For decades now, the Chinese, Tibetans and Indians have been aware of the amazing nutritional wealth of these berries. The natives have always believed the berries possess miraculous healing powers. Ancient medical texts found in China speak of their anti-ageing properties. There’s also an old Chinese poem that speaks of a magical well back in the time of the Tang Dynasty. This well, located close to a Buddhist temple was completely covered with Goji vines. Natives who used to drink from the well are said to have retained their youth even at the age of eighty and above! As the locals came into contact with foreigners, the knowledge of the plant’s medicinal worth traveled to rest of the world.
Benefits of Goji Berries
Goji berries are considered very beneficial to the liver and eyes. Regular consumption is said to enhance immunity and slow down the effects of ageing. Scientific research has revealed that the berries have a high nutritional quotient. In addition, they’re packed with antioxidants that promote good health.
Uses of Goji Berries
Goji berries are slightly sweet, with a refreshingly tangy taste. You can consume them as fresh fruit, make goji berry juice or use them in salads. Goji berries can also be used in making herbal tea and wines. Dried goji berries, much like raisins, can be used for seasoning a variety of prepared food items.
Millions around the world are benefiting from this miracle food. It’s about time you had your first mouthful of goji berries!