There seems to be an enormous amount of misinformation circulating regarding the nutritional and healing properties of the berries and there is also some confusion as to the geographical origins of the plants.
We have completed 'BRIX' readings on our fresh fruit and can confirm that the fruit is consistently at least 36 on the scale.
By way of comparison, Cherries in excellent condition rate at 25.
The consumption of the berries nourishes the body and supports the healing process.
We eat the berries on a daily basis as a general tonic for the kidneys, liver and spleen.
Traditional Chinese Medicine holds a strong belief that this fruit can significantly extend life. The root bark, (from L.chinense only, not L.barbarum) as decoction, certainly aids respiratory ailments. We have used it as such.
The dried berries are usually for sale in the health food stores as 'Goji', but that frequently means a combination of L.chinense and L.barbarum and L.fericossimum. You never know.
For all intents and purposes, regarding the fruit, they seem identical. Even the much maligned 'African Boxthorn' has highly edible and nutritious fruit that are hard to distinguish from any of the other varieties.