Where Do You Grow Your Goji Berries?

 

Dr. Marcus Ettinger - Our "Goji Garden" Ningxia, China

Question: Hello, I was wondering where your goji berries are grown. Thank you for your time.

Answer: Teague,

Our USDA certified, organic goji berries are grown in our “Goji Garden” in Northwest China. In case the next questions are, “why not Tibet?” Never has a goji berry come from Tibet – too cold and dry to support goji berries. “But I heard some come from Mongolia and Tibet.” Sorry, but not true – it’s an urban myth.

What in particular were you looking for or wanted to hear from me. I’m just curious because I get that question a lot.

Please check out these pages from one of our trips. Page 1 , 2, 3, 4 and 5

Sincerely,

Dr. Marcus Ettinger

Response Back: Thanks for your response,

Actually, I was looking for some goji berries that do not come from China (if they exist at all). I have read and seen a lot of reports about foods from China containing the USDA seal. Apparently, there is a lot of corruption in the system, a lot of foods with that seal are certified by 2nd or 3rd party inspectors that sometimes get paid off when the food is not organic. I’m not suggesting that this is the case with your berries. I am just saying that I am concerned.

I got a different brand of goji that is certified USDA and I swear I taste chemicals on them, while other people wrote reviews saying that this brand I bought caused intense nausea and diarrhea.

Thanks again.

My Response: Teague,

We use an FDA certified laboratory to have all of our berries tested. This is a mandatory process for us. Each batch that enters the country has to be tested for dyes, additives, lead, chemicals, fungus/mold, animal feces and artificial sugars. Our products are as clean as it gets.

Dr. Marcus Ettinger

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