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goji berries

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kert starts with ...
Has anyone eaten fresh goji.? I'm not that interested in the ?spurious health benefits but want to eat them for their own sake. I bought some dried ones for $6 a 100Grams and they were sweet but a bit nondescript. I've heard that the dried fruit can be a source of viable seed.
Incidentally, when a fruit is described as "usually not eaten fresh but is useful for jams and jellies" ,that's not a good sign. Jams and jellies can be made from old socks, afterall.
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5th August 2010 2:41pm
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tecko says...
A simple goji tonic concoction (if anyone is interested.) Add "wai shang" (a few strands) and "tong kwei" (also a few strands) (both obtainable from your local Oriental shop) in, say, one to one and a half bowl of water and some pork bones. Boil for an hour or so, and drink it. Supposedly, good for health. (For more sweetness, add more goji and if you like the taste of "tong kwei", add more - it all depends on your liking and taste.)
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5th August 2010 5:08pm
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kert says...
Have tried it!! and have noticed my hair has regrown.
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6th August 2010 10:16am
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amanda says...
Hi kert - I tried them at Tass1 trees - nothing to write home about (for me)...very small so you would need to eat a handful to get a decent whack at them. Flavour was ok - not sweet - a bit savoury if that makes sense!? Musky may be the word..
I have chucked my plant in the bin to be honest.
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7th August 2010 11:07am
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carl says...
the ones we grow have some taste..a bit like tomato/capsicum

i have been told by some people we know who live in china that most goji berries come from others parts of china (not the tibet part of china) that are close to many sources of pollution..so that there are issues with contamination....
so dont believe the 'from tibet' comments on any packaging...


you can buy dried ones cheap in perth in kakulas in the city for about $25/kg from memory...plus some asian shops in northbridge

they are commonly used as an ingredient is some chinese soup recipes
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9th August 2010 4:53am
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amanda says...
Good info carl - I also thought they were more a 'cooking' berry - eg: throw a handful in the gravy for a roast, type thing.

I threw mine out as I just can't afford to water plants for these small luxuries - but that's just my situation :)
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11th August 2010 8:49pm
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epiphany says...
I quite liked mine. I had two plants - the first one sulked & never did anything, so it got the boot. The 2nd one has grown well & it was a nice wee source for snacks while out in the garden over summer. I never tried cooking them. The berries definitely varied in taste - some nicer than others (one or two quite tart in taste) but overall, I thought they were sweet with peculiar taste of their own...can't really think how to describe them but they were quite pleasant & quite juicy for such a small berry. I've been keeping the seeds from the fresh fruit, so I might try sowing a few this year.
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12th August 2010 1:11am
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