Certified Organic Goji Berries
The following is from the Loving Earth website:
Certified Organic Goji Berries (wolfberries)Goji Berry Origin
The first certified organic Goji berries available in Australia. They've been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to boost life-force or 'chi' energy, and now they're available to the west.
Our berries are harvested from the pristine remote area around the Jinsixia National Forest Park in China. This area is a 10,000 hectare reserve that has been certified organic by a European certification agency according to the USDA-NOP; EEC and JAS organic standards. This certification also verifies that the wildharvesting is done in a sustainable way.
The Goji berry is sacred to the people of this remote region and they hold a special festival every year to honor and celebrate the life giving qualities of this extraordinary berry.Nutritional Qualities
Goji berries have been used in traditional asian and in particular chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. The ancient texts of chinese medicine say that goji berries increase the 'chi' or the vital life force of those that eat them. The physician's handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, recorded during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) writes, 'taking in Chinese Wolfberry/Goji Berry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.'
In terms of overall nutrition Goji Berries are unmatched by any other food. They contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan). They contain 11.7% protein, and 328 calories per 100g! They also contain up to 21 trace minerals (the most powerful ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus)! Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth! They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.
Goji berries contain polysaccharides which fortify the immune system and build strength. A polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be a powerful substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone by the pituitary gland. Dosage
The indigenous mountain people who grow these berries eat them by the handful and say the best way to start the day is with a handful of gojis. It is recommended to eat at least 10 grams a day, which is approximately a handful. However you can eat as much as you like.
I have found they go really well in a trail mix with the raw cacao nibs, there is a great flavour synergy between the bitterness of the cacao and the sweetness of the gojis.
The legendary Li Qing Yuen, who is believed to have lived to the age of 252 years (1678-1930), consumed Goji berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is one of the most well-documented cases of longevity in history.
These Goji Berries are harvested with exceptional care, dried in the sun, and then carefully selected and graded for maximum taste and nutrient potency.
We also now have a Goji Berry Raw Chocolate Bar