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Posted by: Seren, Sunday, October 29, 2006, 7:46pm
Here in the UK there has been some articles about Goji berris, saying they are very popular in America.

This is a new fruit here, does anybody eat them?

There is only one major store stocking them (Tesco) but M & S & Harrods are sending representavies to Tibet for scrutiny.

There seems to be a cloud as to whether they are actually grown in Tibet or polluted China!!!!!!  but labelled "from the Himalayans". They do not grow in high altitudes!!!

Are they popular in America, if so what BG would they suit. I would asume 0 as this is supposed to be an old fruit.

Posted by: jsgrierson (Guest), Sunday, October 29, 2006, 9:18pm; Reply: 1
I use goji berries instead of raisins and currants. They are highly regarded by many people, and many medical doctors are accepting that they have special value. My friend's husband is being treated for one type of bone cancer, and a major oncology hospital medical person told him this was one of the only 'new age' kind of treatments that he supported. There is a naturopath in Queensland who uses them along with the BTD as major treatments.
Jenny (Melbourne)
Posted by: Seren, Sunday, October 29, 2006, 9:41pm; Reply: 2
That is very interesting, they are very new here in the UK, very difficult to get hold of, also there seems to be some doubt about where they are grown, there is an ongoing Food Standards Authority investigation into whether it should be classed as a 'novel food' under legislation designed to guard against genetically modified foods.

If the berry is deemed to fall into this category sales in the UK and the rest of the EU could be potentially halted for up to two years while a detailed technical investigation into what it contains is carried out.

Tesco was so concerned about the investigation it considered  suspending imports of the berries, but relented, apparantly in the face of surging demand.
Posted by: jsgrierson (Guest), Sunday, October 29, 2006, 9:53pm; Reply: 3
The berries I use are from an outfit named Tibet Authentic.    My local Health food Store sells them. there are also juices available all over the place, but as they are mixed with apple or pear juice I find it rather sickly sweet in that form. The berries are mildly sweet, and mix well with yoghurt and are probably good in cooking too.
Posted by: rustyc, Monday, October 30, 2006, 3:56pm; Reply: 4
I found them in an organic food store near Reading (UK)
Posted by: Schluggell, Monday, June 18, 2007, 12:35pm; Reply: 5
They have been cleared for Sale in UK - AND are not new in UK...

Report "hot of the press" here in UK:

Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, June 18, 2007, 2:19pm; Reply: 6
I got some from the local Wild Oats here in the states and returned them because the taste was so bad.  Possibly I got a bad batch??? What are they supposed to taste like?
Posted by: Alia Vo, Monday, June 18, 2007, 11:34pm; Reply: 7
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Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 10:13am; Reply: 8
::) read the Dr. Mercola's latest newsletter about that thema....inlc. about berries & juice :o :o :o
Posted by: mikeo, Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 2:40pm; Reply: 9
more info here on the berry and juice
Posted by: 1192 (Guest), Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 10:32pm; Reply: 10
the berry is very beneficial for you.  the juice is another story, way high in sugar, and they say with all the processing, you're missing out on most of the good parts of the berry.  GROW YOUR OWN PLANT!!!   THEY'RE VERY HARDY.  I planted 4 myself, should have fruit next year.  Here's a site you can order the root or plant from!  Mine were very healthy when i recieved them.

anyway, you can order the plant here if you so choose!  BTW, I'm in the US, Northeast area.
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 12:16am; Reply: 11
great suggestion!
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, July 7, 2007, 9:47pm; Reply: 12
if anyone is looking for goji berries go to
Posted by: 868 (Guest), Monday, July 9, 2007, 12:22pm; Reply: 13
Coooool!! i just ordered myself a plant so i'll be growing my own :) apparently tho they've already been growing in some areas of the uk for 100yrs or so now..
Posted by: Colleen, Monday, July 9, 2007, 2:19pm; Reply: 14
I drink Genesis Today Gogi 100 and it has not been freeze dried but 100% berries/juice and contains plenty of properties.  Look at their website for info.  They say they have control from soil to shelf.

In order to get the same amount of active ingredients they say you have to eat an awful lot of the berries.  I do like the berries ... kind of a cranberry raisin flavour I find and really chewy so a little goes a long way to satisfy a craving for fruit.
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