The Goji Berry

(Lycium barbarum)

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Goji Berries are found in dozens of health food applications these days.  They have high levels of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin A  and these properties have have elevated Goji berries to “super food” status. Usually consumed as dried fruit as shown in the picture on the left, the bark of its root is also used in Chinese medicine for its anti-coagulant properties. 

Goji are also known as wolf berries, boxthorn fruit and matrimony vine, you’ve no doubt heard of goji berries and their many health benefits.  

Although they are traditionally found in the Himalayans, there are now over 40 varieties of goji berries and fortunately for us in Canada, lycium barbarum can be grown in almost any climate.  Much of the work that’s being done on them today is at the University of Guelph’s Simcoe Research Station where Dr. Evan Elford and Sean Westerveld are conducting field trials.  

With files from Simcoe Research Station publication “New Crops, Old Challenges: Tips and tricks for managing new crops!” and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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