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Characteristics of goji berries

CHARACTERISTICS OF GOJI BERRIES

Characteristics of goji berries

Common Name (fruit): Goji berries, wolf berries matrimony vine, Duke of Argyll tea tree. Without reference to its true origin: Tibetan goji and Himalayan goji. Its common name comes from the Chinese word "Gouqizi". "Zi" means "berry" or "seed" in Mandarin Chinese.

Botanical name: Lycium barbarum L. Its scientific name Lycium comes from the Latin "Lykia" or Lycia, an ancient region of Asia Minor, and barbarum means foreign. "Foreign Lycia."

Family: Solanaceae

Habitat: The Goji shrub is a plant native to the valleys of the Himalayas. It can grow up to 4000 meters, and from it has extended throughout Tibet, China, Mongolia, Korea and Japan.

Characteristics of Lycium barbarum L.: Goji is a perennial shrub up to 5 meters high in the wild, but cultivated plants do not generally exceed 2 meters. Its branches are grayish. Its leaves, oblong-lanceolate, alternate and simple; with a maximum length of 7 cm long and 3.5 cm wide.

Flowers, which grow in the axils, are at the end of 1 to 2 cm long stems. They appear alone or in inflorescences of small groups (maximum three). The calyx consists of four short sepals. The corolla shows lavender or purple color, and it consists of 5 petals forming a bell-shaped structure. The stamens remain welded to it.

Pollination is usually entomophilous or by birds, because of the presence of a intraestaminal nectar disc.

In the northern hemisphere, flowering occurs from June to September and the maturation of its fruits (berries) takes place from August to October, always depending on latitude, altitude and climate of the area.

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Its fleshy fruit is an indehiscent berry (it does not open to release their seeds). The mature berries, with an ellipsoid shape and with the size like a raisin, have bright colors ranging from orange, red, yellow and black. They can reach a size between 1 and 3 cm long.

The seeds are inside the berries. they are small and yellow, and, depending on the species, their number can range between 10 and 60.

Composition of Goji Berries

- Carbohydrates: 65% of the Goji berry is made up of carbohydrates. Its components are polysaccharides and monosaccharides: arabinose, glucose, galactose, rhamnose, mannose, xylose and / or galacturonic acid.

- Fats: they account for 10% of the composition of the berry, containing essential fatty acids, mainly linoleic acid.

- Protein: is about 15% of the berry. The Goji berry contains 18 amino acids, of which 8 are essential amino acids.

- Fiber: high. Reaches almost 10% of the composition of the berry.

- Minerals: iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc.

- Trace elements: mercury, manganese.

- Vitamins: carotenes (lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin), vitamin C, B vitamins: thiamine (vitamin B1) and riboflavin (B2).

Below, there is a table with the composition of dried Goji berries per 100g of food:

Main components of dry goji berries per 100g
Nutrient Content
Calories 268Kcal
Carbohydrates 48,8g
Proteins 12-15g
Fats 2,3g
from which saturated 0,67g
from which polyunsaturated 1,1g
from which monounsaturated 0,47g
Fiber 14,9g
Vitamin A 42-148g
Vitamin a C 118mg*
Vitamin a B1 or thiamin 0,15mg
Vitamin a B2 or riboflavin 1,30mg
Iron 9mg
Calcium 112,50mg
Potassium 1132mg
Zinc 2mg
* According to culture medium

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