Goj Leaves and Goji Salad
Does goji salad mean that we put dried goji berries into our salad bowl to mix with lettuce etc? The answer is NO. Actually when we say goji salad, we mean using goji leaves and its tender stems to make a salad. Never heard about it? We are not surprised, because even in China it is only a new thing during past few years. In China it is eaten as vegatable, but it is very expensive vegatable. In fact, in China, you can only find such dish in some expensive restraunts and State Banquets.
But why is it so good? First of all, it is much more than just a type of vegatable because it is much more nutrious than the ordinary vegatables such as cauliflower or spinach etc. As goji leaves come from goji trees, so naturally goji leaves inherit a lot of medicinal benefits from these trees. For every 100g fresh goji leaves, it contains 8 gram sugar, calcium 15.6 mg, phosphor 67 mg, iron 3.4 mg, beta-carotene 0.23 mg, Vitamin B12 3 mg, nicotinic acid 1.7 mg, and Vitamin C 3mg. Mostly imnportantly it contains lycine, sitosterol, linolic acid, and several animo acids. Therefore it contains more nutrients than ordinary vegatable. In China, there is a tradition to eat goji leaves to improve one's eyesight. In Japan, people like to boil their soup togher with goji leaves to make the soupe more tonic. Some Chinese researches indicate that goji leaves also contain zinc element which is an important element for children's brain development.
A few years ago goji leaves were only picked from wild goji trees. Recently because of its great medical and commerical potentials, some Chinese farms already start growing goji bushes for producing goji leaves as well. But as you know such tender leaves can only picked in the summer. So at the moment the demand greatly exceeds the supply. That is why it is expensive.
Hopefully one day we can supply European customers with goji leaves.