Whenever I see Goji, I would be thinking of my maternal grandmother Lien Tie who was afflicted with cataracts when she was 74 years old. By then she was very weakend by a slightly unhealthy heart although she did not suffer the usual modern sicknesses like diabetes or oesteoporosis.
Her sons, my uncles, were not in favour of having her cataracts removed and she too thought that two operations would not be good for her. In those days, most villagers were petrified even by the word OPERATION. And furthermore, she had to go to Kuching for the eye operation, which was still a very touch and go kind of surgery.
She , together with my third aunt or San Ging, started making a lot of dishes out of goji. Friends and relatives also started to bring her gifts of chickens and goji whenever they came to visit her, either at our home in Sibu or in the big house in Nang Chong. However all the gojis in the world could not help her because she became totally blind when she turned 80. Those were the saddest years of my life.
On the lighter side of life today, as I look at goji, I also think of the wonderful recipes we have developed over the years.
One of my favourite soups in Chinese restaurants and at home is soup laced with wolfberries.
My grandmother would have loved seeing the real goji, which she had seen in China during her childhood.
Goji will help strengthen your vision.