The wolfberry is another name for the Goji berry. It is a member of the nightshade family (Solanaceae eg: potato, tomato, eggplant, deadly nightshade, chilli pepper, and tobacco) and is native to southeastern Europe and Asia.
It contains 11 essential minerals, 22 trace minerals, 7 vitamins and 18 amino acids and its strongest feature is that it contains more than twice our daily needs of potassium and unlike a banana is not fattening. It is one of the richest nutritional foods in China and is used in many of their medicines.
The ripe wolfberry fruit turns orange-red, is somewhat oblong in shape and each is around 10 mm long and looks a bit like a fat birdseye chilli.
Its uses include antioxidant drink but due to heavy use of pesticides and herbicides in their cultivation, be careful what you purchase! The plant grows wild in many parts of Europe and also throughout Victoria where it was once used as hedges to keep stock in.
Most of the Australian Goji is imported from northern China. The dried fruits are sold in Asian shops or can be found also as juice or concentrate.
In recipes substitute dried cranberries or currants [no_toc]