Bulk Lycii Berry Whole

Lycium chinense
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[ 1212 ]Lycium chinense

Lycii Berry Whole

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Also known as wolf berry, Chinese matrimony vine, go qi zi and goji, lycii is a member of the nightshade family, which includes tomato, eggplant, potato and tobacco.

In Asia, the bright red berries are used to flavor teas, wines and jelly, or they are used dried in soups, meat and vegetable stews and a rice porridge called conjee. As a tea, the whole berries are often combined with other herbs, such as licorice root and astragalus root.

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quick look

information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound3.5
constituentsminerals, trace minerals, amino acids, vitamins, polysaccharides, monosaccharides, unsaturated fatty acids, essential fatty acids,linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, phytosterols including beta-sitosterol, carotenoids including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene and cryptoxanthin; and antioxidant phenols, glycoconjugates
plant part usedfruit
why buy lycii/goji berry?a sour but slightly sweet superfood easily added to teas and savory foods

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a sealed container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaRed in color with a resemblance to raisins.


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culinaryAdd to puddings and rice while cooking, baked goods and tea blends. May also be soaked in wine or brandy before use to reconstitute.

flavor profile

lycii/goji berry

Slightly sour but sweet. Blends well with herbal teas, fruit peels and sweet and savory cooked foods.

what else you should know

lycii/goji berry

Wolfberry is one of the English common names given to fruit produced by two very closely related species: Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense. Quite notably, these two species also share a common plant name in Pinyin (the most common variant of standard Mandarin Chinese) and that word is gouqi or goji, the name by which the berry is commonly marketed in the United States.

In China, it is said that eating goji berry in the morning will ensure that there will be many smiles throughout the day. For this reason, goji is commonly referred to as happy berry in China. It is also thought that regular consumption of the fruit leads to long life. In part, this legend is associated with the exceptionally long life of Li Qing Yuen, a Chinese herbalist who reputedly lived to the ripe old age of 256.

However dubious this claim of longevity, there is little doubt about the nutritional value of goji berries. In terms of Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) value, the standard measure of antioxidant value of foods, goji provides many times more antioxidants than many other fruits and vegetables, including blueberries and spinach. In addition, goji berries pack 22 trace minerals and nearly a dozen essential fatty acids.

Goji berry is very nutrient rich with antioxidant properties essential fatty acids that are generally rare in fruits. Though having been considered in Asia to be one of the most nutrient-rich foods for quite some time, they have more recently been exalted in international commerce to the category of a superfood.

Like chia seed another superfood, goji berries may be soaked overnight and blended with additional water to avail a juice. As a food, dried goji berries are traditionally cooked with or before being added to rice and multi-ingredient dishes.

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