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Goji berries, or lycium chinense, come from the Chinese boxthorn. They come mainly from China, but can also be found in Mediterranean countries and the rest of east Asia. Those that are found in our infusions come from the region of Fujian in China. Historically, goji berries are recommended by Chinese doctors for helping achieve immortality. It is said that over the centuries, many Taoists, doctors and famous poets took boxthorn decoctions in the hope of prolonging their life.

The boxthorn is a small, rustic and thorny shrub that can withstand temperatures as low as -20°C. It has pale, fairly straight, lanceolate green deciduous leaves, and curved, cascading branches. In May-June, groups of four flowers start to appear and then develop into fairly long (1-2cm) berries which are of an orange colour and have a sweet taste. These berries are especially sought after for their medicinal and antioxidising properties.

Health benefits

Goji berries are rich in vitamin C, B1, B2, B6 and E, amino acids, oligo elements, beta-Carotène, calcium and protein.

Goji berry :

Increase energy
Promote endurance
Strengthen the immune system
Help lower cholesterol and blood pressure
Decrease fatigue
Fight insomnia
Fight depression