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Monday, February 19, 2007


What is red, wrinkled, and pleasant tasting? No, it’s not a red raisin. It is a lycium berry.

This fruit, from the plant Lycium barbarum L. and Lycium chinense Mill., is sweet and pleasant tasting and high in nutrients including beta-carotene, amino acids, polysaccharides, and vitamins.

Lycium berries are also known as wolfberry, goji berry (a popular alteration of the more proper gouqizi berry), and Ningxia gouqizi. Well-known benefits of lycium berries include improved vision and beautifying properties. Traditionally considered of benefit to the complexion and to prolong life, lycium fruit has been consumed for 2000 years in China for these purposes.

Dr. Albert Leung’s book, Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics, 2nd Edition presents technical information and traditional medicinal uses of lycium berries, as well as similar info for about 500 other herbs.

The encyclopedia entry for lycium fruit spans four pages (pp. 358-361).

For more information about Dr. Leung and his writings, visit http://www.earthpower.com/.

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