Have you heard of the Chinese Wolfberry? Most people are more familiar with its other name: goji.
The Goji berries are cultivated on numerous plantations throughout China. However, the best species come from the vast estates of Zhongning County in the Ningxia Province. Amazingly enough, the inhabitants of the Yellow River have cultivated the berries for over 700 years.
The amount of time and work put into their cultivation make our schooling years look like child’s play.
When plucked fresh off the stalk, the berries look like a tiny bright red rugby ball. When they’re dried, the colours change from a glossy ruby red to a matte reddish-brown. The berries continue to remain sweet even after being dried.
Eating goji berries offers many health benefits. They’re known to strengthen the immune system while nourishing and protecting the liver and kidneys. They contain beta carotene that promotes healthy skin. They’re also excellent in boosting energy levels and digestive function.
Most importantly, the berries are a great help in protecting and improving your vision. Here’s a simple recipe that will help give you a boost when you’re feeling tired.
Chrysanthemum Rose Tea with Goji
Makes 1 serving
5 rose buds
500ml hot water
1. Put all the ingredients into a cup.
2. Add boiling water and allow the tea to infuse for 15 minutes. Then serve.