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Goji Berry Sensation

Updated on January 18, 2013

Goji Berries a Superfood for Happiness

Small green leafed vines produce fruit that are bright orange red in colour and are known by a variety of names Goji Berry ... Wolfberry ... Happy Berry ... Gouqi ... Gou qi zi.

Being very delicate, at harvest time the berries are not picked; but rather shaken from the vines. They are then slowly dried in shaded areas.

When dried, the Goji Berry looks a bit like a red raisin, is very chewy in texture and has a herbal taste.

While on a visit to China

Goji Berries
Goji Berries

Just a Legend?

Or is it something more?

Once upon a time - 800 AD, actually - there was a Buddhist Temple surrounded by walls. One of the walls was covered by strong Vines that produced delicious Goji Berries. And it was next to this Goji covered wall, that a well was dug.

As you can imagine, season after season, every time the vines produced Goji Berries, some of them fell onto the ground surrounding the well and into the well itself.

So the water over time became infused with Goji Berries.

The water from the well was drunk by those in the Buddhist Temple, some locals and those who came to pray and as years passed by, it was noticed that these people lived healthy long lives, keeping all of their teeth and a lots of their hair colour.

So began the legend that Goji Berries promote longevity and it's remembered to this day - probably thanks in part to the Goji Poem by Liu Yuxi

(excerpt from gojimovement.blogspot.co.uk)

Goji Berry Poem - The Well of Youthful Living

Liu Yuxi of Tang Dynasty (618-907)

The Well of Youthful Living

A cool well beside the monk's house,

A clear spring feeds the well and the water has great powers,

Emerald green leaves grow on the wall,

The deep red berries shine like copper,

The flourishing branch like a walking stick,

The old root in a dog's shape signals good fortune,

The goji nourishes body and spirit,

Drink of the well and enjoy a long life

Goji Berries for Longevity!

Does this Legend have some Truth in it or is it a Myth? What do you think?

Recipe - Goji Berry

This is one of my favourite drinks.

Goji Smoothies

Inspirational Books

Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future

Wonderful book by David Wolfe. Not only has he researched and written how a number of SuperFoods, including Goji Berries are beneficial to our health; but has added lots of recipes for each Superfood.

 

Best Blender Ever

Vitamix Turboblend 4500 Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor
Vitamix Turboblend 4500 Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor

An ordinary blender works really well - I used a very simple cheap model for years until I treated myself to this brilliant model. I love it. My smoothies are really smooth and delicious and everything blends so easily.

Try my favourite smoothie: 1 red grapefruit, a few fresh spinach leaves, a romaine lettuce,a small handful of goji berries (soak the berries in warm water for about a half hour before using, they will plump up and be easier to blend), half to one cup of filtered water. Blend, drink and enjoy!

Using this blender there are no more chunks of the grapefruit in my smoothie, all the ingredients blend up beautifully.

When you are able, invest in this little beauty!

 

Grow your own! - Fresh and delicious

There is nothing better than eating your own freshly grown produce, so why not buy a few plants and in a couple of years you can pick your own fresh Goji Berries. Could anything be more healthy than that!

I love getting feedback, ideas and recipes - please leave yours here...

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Excellent and informative lens! Thanks so much!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. I found this lens and information to be interesting reading. Appreciate you sharing this lens. Thank You for stopping by my Vegan Brownies To Die For lens and giving it a " thumbs up". I appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the brownies and try not to eat too many. Bon Appetit!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      wonderful sounding drinks to try, I will have to see if I can grow them around here.

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      Have never tried these goji berry sensations. But I think I will now. Thanks for a great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Could I grow Goji berries in my flat... No garden at all

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I do like the taste of Goji berries. I should plant a bush or two in our garden.

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