Goldenberries are alsocalled cape gooseberry or agauaymanto berry. Locally called mullaca, uvilla, uchuva, the plant is an annual herb indigenous to many parts of the tropics, including the Amazon rainforest. It can be found on most continents in the tropics, including Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It grows up to one meter high, bears small, cream-colored flowers, and produces small, light yellowish-orange, edible fruit. The leaves of the plant have many ethnobotanical uses around the world. The goldenberry is one of the first plants to pioneer degraded areas. Its robustness and adaptability could lead to cultivation in many now unused marginal areas.
The fruit is found in markets from Venezuela to Chile, and the plants have been grown on limited scale around the world in warm climates. Goldenberries are succulent golden fruits the size of marbles. They are protected by papery husks resembling Chinese lanterns. Currently in areas where they are grown they are largely regarded as backyard fruits for children, but upscale European markets pay premium prices for them, dipping them in chocolate to decorate pastries. They make excellent jams, which are popular in India and Africa.
Dried, they make a delicious, tart, and highly nutritious and exotic "raisin." They are high in phosphorous, vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and B12. They are also extremely high in protein (16%) for a fruit.
Essential Living Foods' Goldenberries
- Essential Living Foods Goldenberries are high in phosphorous, vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and B12.
- Goldenberries have 73-95% of the daily allowance of vitamin C, and for a fruit, they also have an extremely high protein content of 16%.
- Goldenberries are considered a good source of vitamin P (bioflavonoid) and are rich in pectin.
Organic Goji Berries
Berries have been used in traditional Asian medicine for over 5,000
years! You can find mentions of this extraordinary berry in Chinese
medical texts as much as 5,000 years old. Our Goji Berries come from a
pristine, certified organic region in the Ningxia province of China.
This is the same amazing place where they hold a festival each year to
celebrate the Goji Berry and its amazing health benefits.
Ancient Chinese medical texts praised Goji Berries as tonic support for the eyes, liver, and kidneys. More than anything, they are believe to increase the “chi” or life energy in those that eat them. An early medical work, Shen Nung Ben Tsao (475-221 B.C.), observed Goji Berry benefits ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs. The physician’s handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, recorded during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) writes, “taking in Chinese Wolfberry/Goji Berry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.”
To the people of the Ninxia province, a bowl of fresh organic Goji Berries is the best way to begin the day. It is one of nature’s most complete foods. On a nutritional level, Goji Berries are unmatched by any other food. They are loaded with 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan). Plus, Goji berries contain up to 21 trace minerals (the most powerful ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus)! Goji berries are the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants on earth! They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges making them second only to camu camu berries as the richest vitamin C source on earth. Goji berries also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. The legendary Li Qing Yuen, who is believed to have lived to the age of 252 years (1678-1930), consumed Goji berries daily. The life of Li Qing Yuen is one of the most well-documented cases of longevity in history. These Goji Berries are harvested with exceptional care, dried in the sun, and then carefully selected and graded for maximum taste and nutrient potency.
Essential Living Foods' Organic Goji Berries
During harvest season in the late summer, the Goji Berries are hand-picked, shaken onto mats, washed, inspected and naturally shade-dried. They are then inspected again before packaging and tested for purity—hence, we can guarantee they will be free of any chemical pesticides, sulfur or heavy metals.
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The Great Goji Hoax Finally Solved?
Some claim that “Goji” can only refer to berries grown in Tibet and parts of Mongolia—that anything grown in China is excluded—but this is simply not true. The term “Goji” was actually developed in China by the native Chinese. And it’s perfectly acceptable to experts in Chinese medicine, agronomy and botanical science to use “Chinese wolfberry” and “Goji berry” interchangeably.
The idea that only Tibet can produce “authentic” Goji Berries is little more than a hoax designed to corner a rapidly-growing niche market.
And here’s another thing to consider: The majority of Goji Berries in the market are not actually Certified Organic by the FDA. But Essential Living Foods’ Goji Berries are. Others claim to be “Green Seal” certified in China, which is still NOT currently on par with US standards.
- First of all, Goji Berries are loaded with 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen).
- They contain ALL 8 essential amino acids and up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus).
- Goji berries are also abundant in polysaccharides, compounds that may help fortify the immune system. A polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be a powerful secretagogue (a substance that can stimulate the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone by the pituitary gland).
- Goji berries are also one of the richest source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene (more beta carotene than carrots), of all known foods or plants.
- They contain 500 times the amount of vitamin C, by weight, than oranges, making them second only to Camu Camu berries as the richest vitamin C sou rce on earth.
- In China, the Goji is believed to increase the “chi” or life energy in those that eat them. In the Ningxia Province, where our Gojis come from, one village of 4,000 residents has six people over the age of 100. Nationally, only six centenarians would be expected in every one million people.
Organic Dried Mango Slices
Essential Living Foods’s Organic Sundried Mangos have become a surprise hit within various health food stores, cafes and resellers across the country. What makes this product so special? For starters, these are heirloom Peruvian mangoes of the blue variety. This specific variety is the most prized and delicious variety in South America. Not only that, these mangoes are grown in regions that have NEVER used pesticides or chemicals. Each of our mangos comes from small organic family farms in rural communities of Peru. These are areas where unique non-hybridized, heirloom varieties of trees and generations-old family traditions create fruits of the highest culinary and nutritional quality.
Why You Get a Consistently Great-Tasting Product
These light yellow organic mangos are grown along the tropical Pacific region of northern Peru, and our growers carefully select full-sized fruit which have not been bruised. Then they are gently prepared by hand and sliced thin to create a buttery texture. Essential Living Foods uses low-temp solar dryers with clean, filtered air to produce dried mango slices that are of the highest nutritional and enzymatic quality, retaining all the flavor, color and nutrition without the use of any additives. This careful processing method is what makes this product so consistent—and it’s why you’ll never find bad spots, discoloration or any other flaw in Essential Living Foods’ Organic Mango Slices.
Mango’s Unique Nutritional Benefits
Because they come from pristine, chemical-free areas and are an ancient variety, Essential Living Foods’ Organic Mango Slices tend to have a high mineral content and less sugar than similar products. Mangoes are well known for being a rich source of Vitamin A (beta carotene), as well as Vitamins B and C. Mangoes also offer more carotenoids than most other fruits. Essential Living Foods’s Organic Mango Slices are high in fiber, and contain only a moderate amount of carbohydrates. You'll also find calcium, iron, potassium and a even little protein in mangoes.
Organic Dried Pineapple
Great pineapple flavor, perfect balance or tangy and chewy, 100% organic, 100% pure! Our pineapple pieces never have sweeteners added. We prefer to let the sparkling, tangy sweetness of this tropical favorite speak for itself, without drowning its complex flavor in monotonous sugar or toxic sulfite preservatives.
Nutritional BenefitsPineapple contains bromelain, which helps break down protein, and therefore can aid digestion. Bromelain is also known to be an anti-inflammatory.
Pineapple is low in calories and contains potassium (important for muscles), calcium (for strong bones) and vitamin C and B1 (for supporting the immune system).