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Tree Description: The Goji plant is a slightly thorny deciduous woody shrub, typically 3 to 6 feet tall when cultivated and pruned, though plants can reach 12 feet tall in their natural state.
Scientific Name: Lycium barbarum
Common Names: Chinese wolfberry, Himalayan goji, Tibetan goji, Fruktus Iycii, gougizi, goji berry, matrimony vine, Chinese boxthorn, Ningxia wolfberry, red medlar, and mede berry.
Relatives: tomatoes, potatoes and peppers
Importance: Goji berries have been used in both fresh and processed forms for food and medicine for more than 4,000 years in China (Wang et al. 2015). The goji berry fruit is known as a "superfruit" thanks to its high levels of vitamins and minerals, as well as other medicinal benefits recognized in many countries around the world. The term "superfruit" is frequently used to refer to fruit extraordinarily rich in antioxidants and nutrients (Chang et al. 2018; Himelrick 2018). Goji berry has nutraceutical properties. Nutraceuticals, also called "functional foods," aid in the prevention or treatment of certain diseases and disorders.