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Scientific Name: Lycium barbarum
Alternative Names: Chinese Wolfberry

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Lycium barbarum
Lycium barbarum
Lycium barbarum


  • Perennial
  • Deciduous arching, spiny woody shrub 1-3 m.
  • Funnel-shaped flowers in summer followed by red berries. Hermaphrodite.
  • Grow in sandy/clay soils.
  • Semi shade/ full sun.
  • Fully hardy.
  • Remove dead wood in winter.
  • Cut back growth in spring.
  • Prune 2 or 3 times a year.
  • Use as a hedge/ stabilizer for sandy banks since it has a good root system.

Culinary Uses

  • Taste like raisins with a slight suggestion of tomatoes.
  • Eaten raw/ cooked.
  • The Chinese make soups out of this berry and also brew it into a wine.
  • The leaves are also consumed as a vegetable.

Parts Used

  • Root bark, leaves and fruit.
  • Ripe berries are tender - picked carefully/ shaken from the vine/ washed/ put into trays.
  • Preserved by drying in full sun on open trays.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Berries.
  • Immune system enhancing properties.
  • One of the richest natural sources of nutrients - vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, C and E, flavonoids and other bio-active compounds.
  • Contains 21 trace elements, 7 vitamins, 18 Amino acids and essential fatty acids.
  • Reduces the incidence of cancer, halting/reversing the growth of cancers.
  • Treats high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, poor eyesight, vertigo, lumbago, impotence and menopausal complaints.
  • Contains Betaine - could be used for various chronic liver diseases, improving muscle mass, calming of nervousness and memory enhancement.
  • Hundred grams of Goji berries contains 370 calories - can be taken on a daily basis for general health.
  • Leaves and Bark:
  • Sedative/ painkiller /treat inflammation, skin diseases, anemia, cough and nose bleeds.
  • Cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, vision-related diseases (such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma).
  • Neuro-protective properties.
  • Bark can be eaten raw or taken as a juice or with tea.
  • Leaves may be used to make tea.
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