Goji Berry
Lycium Barbarum

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

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 plant is native to China and is a famous Chinese culinary and medicinal herb. 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.

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 a pH of 8.2 to 8.6. 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.

Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji berries are a nutritionally dense food, and therefore provide a host of health benefits to us. The plant and berries have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal components to help your immune system. It can improve energy levels to help fight fatigue.

  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supports the immune system
  • Supports the liver and kidneys
  • Improves eyesight
  • Anti-Aging
  • 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.

Related Books:
The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden.

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