We have found Goji Berry Plants both productive and very easy to grow. We think everyone can grow this super food. Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum or wolfberry) are an easy plant to grow that offers a nutritious and tasty treat, goji berries.
The Goji is from the nightshade family and is typically grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4b to 9b. Goji berries are renowned as a super food high in antioxidants and nutritional density. In the landscape they can grow to about 8 feet tall and wide, but are mainly hedged, grown on trellis, or potted. They are an easy plant to propagate from cuttings, too.
Who: Dennis & Danielle McClung
When: March 9th, 2013
Where: The Garden Pool in Mesa, AZ
Length: 26 minutes
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Health Benefits of Goji Berries
Goji berries have 18 amino acids, 6 essential vitamins, 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals, 8 polysaccharides and 6 monosaccharides. This makes goji berries one of the most nutrient dense foods available.
Goji berries are beneficial in many different health situations that include: boosting the immune system, preventing fatigue, reversing the effects of aging, relieving headaches and insomnia, improving circulation, protecting the retina of the eye and improving eye sight, protecting the liver and kidneys, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol, cancer prevention and heart disease, Goji berries are one of the best sources of the carotenoid antioxidants, more than carrots!
Goji Berry Facts
- Goji berries are an easy to grow SUPER Food!
- Goji berries are extremely high in antioxidants!
- Goji berries are very cold hardy & drought tolerant!
- The goji berry is self-fertile so you only need one plant to get started, although, greater pollination will occur with additional plants.
- Goji berry plants will flower from spring until first frost. Fruit will follow flowers by a few weeks.
Growing Goji Berries from Seeds
- Fill a flat with growing medium, then water the soil thoroughly. Scatter the goji seeds over the top of the soil.
- Gently cover the goji seeds lightly with growing medium. With a mister, spray the top of the soil to wet it.
- Place the flat in an area with bright light, keeping it out of direct sunlight. Watch the soil so it doesn’t dry out. You need to it moist, not soggy. Seeds germinate in about 10-14 days.
Goji Berry Recipes
Goji Berry & Nut Bars
1 Cup Goji Berries
1 Cup Cashews
1 Cup Almonds
Blend 1 Cup goji berries together with 1 cup of cashews, 1 cup almonds, and 10-12 dates in a food processor. Spread in a deep pan to make bars.
Makes 6-8 servings
Goji Berry Tea
½ Cup of Goji Berries
Add goji berries to a 12 oz glass of hot water. Let sit and hydrate for 5 to 10 minutes. You can drink the tea and eat the hydrated berries.
Makes 1 servings