Plum Dragon Herbs

Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry, Lycium Fruit)

$2.40

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries or lycium fruit, are a popular and fantastic little treat of the Earth as well as a powerful herbal supplement that have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. These small red berries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can provide a wide range of health benefits.

The high levels of antioxidants found Gou Qi Zi berries can help to protect against cellular damage, while the vitamin C content can boost the immune system. Additionally, goji berries have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. When looking for Gou Qi Zi, it is important to find a high-quality source - such as Plum Dragon Herbs. Look for goji berries that are free from any added sugars or preservatives.

Entering the Liver, Kidney, and Lung meridians, Lycium Fruit primarily tonifies Liver and Kidney Yin and is used in many tonics. Lycium fruit is neutral in energy as has a light moistening action but will not cause stagnation like some tonic herbs. It is sweet and incredibly nutritious and can be used both as a medicinal and a sweet snack during hard training. The ground herb can also be applied externally to remedy burns, redness, and swelling.

Experience the many benefits of goji berries for yourself and add them to your herbal supplement collection today. With their potent combination of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, goji berries can help to support your overall health and well-being.

Consider keeping a small supply of these berries on hand for before or after training/workout sessions; you'll thanks us later!


High Quality Gou Qi Zi: What does it look like?


High quality Goji berries (Lycium fruit, also known as Gou Qi Zi) should have a bright red color, plump and slightly chewy texture. They should have a sweet and slightly sour taste, without any signs of mold or insect damage. They should be consistent in size and shape and should be fresh, without any musty or chemical odors. They should not have any pesticides or other chemical residues.

The aroma of Goji berries should be slightly sweet and fruity, with no off-putting or musty smell. They should not have any chemical or artificial scents.

It is important to note that Goji berries that have been dried and packaged may not have the same texture and taste as fresh Goji berries, but they should will have a bright red color and a fresh aroma.

How is Gou Qi Zi prepared and processed?

Gou Qi Zi is native to China and typically grown in well-drained, sandy loam soils with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. They require full sun exposure and prefer a warm and dry climate. They can tolerate temperatures as low as -22°F and as high as 104°F. They are drought-tolerant but require irrigation during prolonged dry periods. The plants should be spaced 6 to 8 feet apart, and pruned regularly to control size and encourage fruit production. Additionally, Goji berries should be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, twice a year (spring, early summer) and pruned once a year after the harvest.

The best time to harvest goji berries depends on the variety of the plant and the climate in which it is grown. In general, goji berries are ready for harvest when they have turned from green to red and are plump and slightly soft to the touch. The berries can be hand-picked or with the help of machine, when they are fully ripe and soft to touch, if they are not harvested when they are ripe they may not taste as good.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Gou Qi Zi are often dried and prepared for use in herbal remedies. The traditional method of drying goji berries is to spread them out in the sun on a clean surface, such as a bamboo mat, and turning them occasionally to ensure even drying. They are dried until they are leathery and pliable, which can take anywhere from several days to a week depending on the humidity and temperature.

Once dried, goji berries can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a year. They can also be ground into a powder, which can be used to make teas or added to other herbal remedies.

In TCM, Gouo Qi Zi is considered a "tonic" herb and believed to have a range of health benefits, including improving circulation, strengthening the immune system, and promoting longevity. They can be used as a general health tonic to improve overall well-being. Incorporating goji berries into your daily routine is easy. They can be added to smoothies, juices, teas, or even used as a topping on cereal or yogurt. They can also be found in a dried form and can be added to trail mix for a nutritious snack.

 Popular Recipe for Gou Qi Zi 

A popular recipe for dried goji berries is Goji Berry Trail Mix. It's a simple and easy recipe that can be made in no time. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dried goji berries
  • 1 cup of mixed nuts (such as almonds, cashews, and pistachios)
  • 1 cup of mixed seeds (such as pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds)
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (such as cranberries, apricots, and raisins)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Mix well until everything is evenly distributed.
  3. Store the trail mix in an airtight container and enjoy as a snack, or add it to your yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal for a nutritious breakfast.

This recipe can be adapted to suit personal preferences, for example, you can add more or less of a certain ingredient, or add other ingredients such as chocolate chips or cereal flakes.

Safety Precautions for the use of Gou Qi Zi

Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry) is a traditional Chinese herb that is commonly used in herbal supplements and traditional Chinese medicine. When using Gou Qi Zi, it is important to take the following precautions:

  1. Consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner to determine the appropriate dosage and any potential interactions with other medications or conditions.

  2. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid using Gou Qi Zi.

  3. People with blood pressure concerns should be cautious when using Gou Qi Zi, as it may cause blood pressure changes.
  4. People who are taking blood thinning medication, such as warfarin, should be cautious when taking Gou Qi Zi as it may interact with these medications and increase the risk of bleeding.

  5. As with any dietary supplement, it is always recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.

It’s important to note that this is a general guideline and it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional or herbalist to determine the right dosage and usage for you

Additional Information about Gou Qi Zi:

Common Names: Gou Qi Zi (Lycium Fruit, Matrimony Vine Fruit, Barbary Wolfberry); Lycium Barbarum; Lycii Fructus

Properties: Sweet, neutral

Channels Entered: Liver, Kidney, Lung

 

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