Goji berries are a fruit that is used either as a food or as a therapeutic element in traditional Chinese medicine. Have you heard of them? (Goji properties)
Native to China and Tibet, goji is used as a boundary shrub. Likewise, for more than 2,000 years, Chinese medicine has used both the bark of the root and the berries, similar to the blueberry or cherry, for remedies for problems associated with liver weakness, kidney activity, and impotence or problems eyepieces among others.
- Fruits: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty oils.
- Bark: alkaloids, saponins, and tannins.
- Immune stimulant
- Liver tonic
How to use it: Fresh berries
Add 30 g of berries to breakfast cereals or yogurt as a vitamin and mineral supplement, it will increase your energy and well-being and stimulate your defenses.
Add up to 30g to soups and stews, or cakes and desserts as a substitute for blueberries.
Take 1-2 ml (20-40 drops) up to 3 times daily as a general energy tonic.
Patented Chinese remedies:
Qi ju di huang wan pills (containing Lycia and chrysanthemum) are marketed as blood and energy tonics, but they are best not taken unless on the advice of a professional.
How to grow: Culture
It prefers normal soils in a sunny position and tolerates drought well. Plant the fresh seeds 1cm deep in compost. Keep them in a warm place until they have germinated, and transplant them when they have grown leaves.
Expel the tips of the shoots when the plant reaches about 10 cm so that it grows like a bush. It will produce fruits from the second year.
It was introduced to Europe during the 18th century and is sometimes found as a native plant in hedges.
Pick the berries in the fall. They lose color to the touch, so it is advisable to shake them on top of a cloth.
Warning: Avoid therapeutic doses during pregnancy, although small doses at meals are safe. Do not take them during colds or flu, if your digestion is slow and/or you have diarrhea. Make sure of the good quality of the fruits you use.