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The goji plant is inhabitant of the Himalayan expanse, but is also found in many other areas of Asia, including Western China, Mongolia and Tibet, where there are more than forty varieties. A well-known poem was written in the Tang Dynasty about the beauty and the healing properties of the goji plant, and for centuries, it has been valued for its positive effects. Westerners have only lately discovered the goji plant, and there is much eagerness in health circles these days of its immense effects.


Goji berry refers to the Chinese name for the bright orange–red fruit of the woody and thorny plant (shrub) Lycium babarum. In English, it is commonly known by the name wolfberry. L. barbarum is one of the 90 species of the genus Boxthorn (Lycium in latin) in the Solanaceae family (other plants in this family being tomato, potato, eggplant, chili pepper, tobacco, etc.). It is believed to have originated sAomewhere in the regions of southeast Europe and southwest Asia, but is now grown all over the world – China being the largest producer.


Goji berry is also known by other names like Chinese wolfberry, matrimony vine and Duke of Argyll’s tea tree; in herbal health care stores the dried form of the fruit is marketed as Tibetan or Himalayan Goji berry. The majority of the commercially produced Goji berry comes from the Ningxia and Xinjiang regions in China.


Goji the latest wonder medicinal goji plant is a Himalayan shrub that grows to a height of 8 to 10 feet extensively grown in Tibet and Mongolia. The plant bears small flowers with purple or blue color and red colored fruit. The fruit that is sweet in taste can be consumed raw, fresh or dried. The fruits of the plant that have become popular recently because of their curative qualities and high content of anti oxidants than any other food plant on earth, are also being used in the treatment of cancer.


The plant that requires sufficient sun light and non monstrous well drained soil is drought tolerant. The leaves of the plant nicknamed as matrimony wine or youthful tea can be used in salads and drinks.