History and culture of goji berries

Goji berries are the oldest and most miraculous health care plants in China. We have eaten goji berries for thousands of years, according to the records of the “Compendium of Materia Medica”, ancient goji berries were produced in Changshan for the best quality, in the Tang Dynasty it was produced in Shandong and Hebei, the Ming Dynasty was the best in Shaanxi and Gansu, and the best wolfberries in the Qing Dynasty were produced in Ningxia, its seed garden, size like cherries, thick flesh and seeds, and red and luscious after drying. Goji culture is the sum of the material and spiritual wealth of goji berries created by the Chinese nation in the social and historical practice. In the long and splendid culture of the Chinese nation, Ningxia goji berry culture is a unique wonder. 

Goji berries, there are about 80 species of goji berries in the world, scattered in Arizona in the United States, Argentina, and South America. There are about 10 species in Eurasia. China is centered on Ningxia, and cultivated in Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Xinjiang, Qinghai and other provinces.

Why is Ningxia the birthplace and authentic origin of goji berries in the world? Here I have to mention a beautiful place – Zhongning County, Ningxia. There is plenty of sunshine, high effective accumulated temperature, large temperature difference between day and night, the alluvial soil originating from the confluence of Liupan Mountain and the Yellow River is extremely rich in minerals and unique water quality, it is this unique “stuffed Jiangnan” geographical environment and micro-regional climate for the growth of goji berries to provide the most superior natural environment, known for large color, thin skin and thick flesh, pure taste, sweet and refreshing characteristics. Ningxia Zhongning’s goji berries are outstanding in similar products in the country, far ahead. It is also the only wolfberry variety that has been included in the new Chinese pharmacopoeia, so it is known as “the world’s goji berries out of Ningxia, Zhongning goji berries in the world”.

Speaking of “Jia Tianxia”, Zhongwei, as the distribution center of Ningxia goji berries, passes through the Silk National Road in Xiangshan to open up a market for its production and operation. The records of the traffic roads used by many emperors, envoys, trade teams, and travelers throughout the dynasties confirm that this road through Xiangshan is the first silk national highway from the Central Plains to the Western Regions from the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties. The Zhongwei area, located on this road, has naturally become a distribution center for the production and operation of goji berries.

Goji Berry History and Culture – Ancient Generations have praised it

Goji berries have been a precious fruit for people to eat and maintain health since ancient times, as well as raw materials for fine wine, so the singing of goji berries has always run through the theme of people-oriented, caring for life and sublimating life. Goji berries are one of the eight auspicious plants of Chinese folk culture. The ancients said, ‘auspicious, blessed and good; Xiang, the Quest of Jiaqing’. In folk culture, the auspicious picture of the long year of the chrysanthemum is painted with chrysanthemums and wolfberries. In many places in China, many places celebrate the Laba Festival, where washed beans, soaked red dates, and boiled rice grains from wolfberries are put together to pray for auspiciousness.

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