Goji Berry Seeds
The goji berry (Lycium Barbarum) is a deciduous plant that grows up to 3 meters high. In Asia, goji berries are known as the “The longevity fruit”. The red berry is sweet tasting and highly nutritious. It’s not just the berries that are nutritious, but also the leaves and roots. The plant is used to increase energy levels, to treat heart disease and cholesterol, prevent certain cancers, anti-aging, and to improve vision. It can also help the immune system by increasing white blood cell counts. The tender young leaves and shoots can be cooked and eaten. The berries can be eaten raw or added to soups and stews, used in desserts, or to make jellies.
The goji seeds I sell are from the Ningxia province of China. Ningxia is often referred to as the home of the “goji berry”. The plant is native to China and is a famous Chinese culinary and medicinal herb.
Perennial: Hardy in zones 5 to 9
Time to sow: Spring to early Fall
Light conditions: Grows in full sun to partial shade
Uses: Culinary, Medicinal
How to Grow Goji Berries
Goji berry plants are perennial and hardy in zones 5 to 9. It requires full sun for a maximum berry crop but can be grown in partial shade. Prefers a rich, well-draining soil with an alkaline pH of 8.2 to 8.6. A soil additive, such as wood ash works well as a fertilizer for goji since the high mineral content of the ash makes it alkaline. If starting indoors surface sow the seeds and press into the soil or lightly cover with compost. Keep the soil moist but never soggy. When the plants have at least two sets of leaves it should be easy to separate them. Plant them outside after the last frost date has passed. Germination takes approximately one to two weeks. Goji berries take approximately two to three years to mature and produce berries.
Health Benefits of Goji Berries
Goji berries are a nutritionally dense food, and therefore provide a host of health benefits to us. The leaves and berries have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal components to help boost the immune system. It is often used to improve energy levels to help fight fatigue. Here are some of the health benefits listed below:
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- Supports the immune system
- Supports the liver and kidneys
- Improves eyesight
- Increases energy levels
- Increases fertility and sexual function
- Improves circulation
- High in vitamins and minerals
These are just some of the health benefits that the goji plant can provide us. Whether you are looking to benefit from the possible health benefits of goji berries, or you simply want to improve your diet, the goji plant makes a great addition to the garden.