Goji berries also know as Wolfberry or Lycium barbarum from the Solanaceae plant family. Now grown in Southeast Asia and Europe, the Goji Berry is gaining popularity as a health food. The plant’s shoots and leaves are commercially available as a leaf vegetable.
The chewy berries which are said to have a sweet and sour taste are consumed mainly for their health benefits. Rip goji berries are commonly consumed in raw food form. Dried versions of the berries are cooked into Chinese dishes such as tonic soups made with pork or chicken. Various beverages are produced from the fruit including herbal tea, juice and wine (which is usually blend with grape wine.
Research shows goji berry is packed with antioxidants and anti-cancer properties. It helps boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It is also widely suggested that consumption of the berries can improve vision.
However, those who are on blood thinning medication may want to consult a doctor before consuming goji berries as the fruit has its own anticoagulant properties and could cause adverse drug interactions. Consumption of the fruit is also not recommended for pregnant women.