February 4, 2012
Along with the Zucchini, Tomatoes, Corn, Peas, Beans, Carrots and so forth, I found this amazing shrub while I was looking for Blueberries, Currants and Elderberries. I just have to share (with those who haven't heard of it yet) what I'm learning about the Goji Berry!
Known also as the Wolfberry, Goji Berry has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They are extremely high in antioxidents and very nutritious. They are higher in Beta Carotene than Carrots, higher in Iron than Steak, and higher in Vitamin C than Oranges.
Among the many benefits to human health, Goji Berries are said to improve eyesight, slow the aging process, protect the liver, improve circulation, and possibly prevent or even cure cancer. Since I have autoimmune disorders requiring me to take several medications every day, I have serious concerns about my liver. This benefit alone is appealing to me.
Apparently, the berries taste like a cross between strawberries and raspberries. They can be made into juice, tea and wine, or dried and eaten like raisins. So...yes...I'm having a bit of a "Goji-gasm" here as I read more about this wonder-shrub.
For more information, visit TLC Cooking. If you'd like to buy a potted plant for your own garden, you can get them through Gurney's Seed Catalog (online) for $12.99. They grow in full sun to partial shade in zones 5-9 to a height of 8-10 feet.
I'm off to find the perfect location to plant this beauty once it arrives!