Herb Of The Month- Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berries)
Dried edible goji berries
The Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum), or sometimes known as Wolfberry, originated in Asia (primarily in Tibet). There are many species of Lycium plants, but the Lycium barbarum is the one that has had the most research done on. It belongs tothe "Solanacea" family. This plant has been around for over 3000 years. Due to the gaining popularity of this herb worldwide, they are now made into goji berry tea, dessert, smoothies, jam, jelly, supplement (powder), tablets, to name a few.
The plant reaches 3 meters (almost 10 feet) high, and grows primarily in humid areas, especially in temperate climates. Wolfberry occurs as a common shrub with delicate, edible leaves and small purple flowers. The fruit is roughly spindle shaped or ellipsoidal (elliptical in long section and circular in cross section), 6–20 mm long, and 3–10 mm in diameter. The fruit contains 20–50 seeds and has a sweet and fruity taste. This plant was mainly cultivated in China, Tibet and Mongolia, however, with the huge popularity of this berry, they are now cultivated in Europe and North America.
Meridian: Kidney, Lung and Liver
Action: Nourishes and tonifies liver and kidneys - relieve pain, lowers blood lipids,
improves good cholesterol levels.
Enriches Yin and moistens the lungs - improves dry coughs.
Improves essence and brightens the eyes.