Ingredient Name: Wolfberry (also known as goji berry, barbary matrimony vine, bocksdorn, Duke of Argyll’s tea tree, red medlar or matrimony vine)
- Dried wolfberries are the bright orange-red seeds (or berries) spawned from the wolfberry plant
- The berries are 1-2 cm in length
- They are predominantly cultured in China and are usually exported to other countries for consumption
- They store very well and can keep in a sealed container for 12-18 months
- Ground and pill versions of wolfberries are available on the market as a health supplement – although precaution and medicial advice should be taken when taking these
How do I prepare it?
- Wash in warm before usage to remove pesticides and residues
Where can I buy this?
- In Asian supermarkets, you can purchase them prepackaged
- You can also purchase them from Chinese speciality stores (pharmacies) in bulk by weight
- It is difficult to find fresh wolfberries
What is the cost?
- Wolfberries in bulk cost around $4.00 – $5.00 CAD / pound
- Wolfberries are high in antioxidants and contains a significant percentage of daily macronutrient needs such as: carbohydrates, protein, fat and dietary fiber
- They also contain 6 essential vitamins, Beta-Carotene, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Zinc
- It is a natural supplement for improving eyesight and may assist with eye strain for frequent computer users
- It is also known to be beneficial for the liver
- There are many positive medical claims that involve the consumption of wolfberries, however for many claims, very little (if any) have been verified by western medicine
- The consumption of pills and ground wolfberries should be under the consultation of a physician
- Excess consumption of wolfberry tea may lead to bleeding in the elderly