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Monday, April 11, 2011
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Lycium barbarum, or more commonly, the Goji Berry, is a large 7-10 foot high shrub grown for its incredibly nutrient rich orange berries. In short, these berries provide a laundry list of health benefits:

  • The berries are packed with vitamins B1 and 6 and Vitamin E, which is rare to find in a fruit.
  • The berries are also provide more protein than whole wheat and more beta carotene than carrots
  • They deliver 500 times more vitamin C by weight than oranges
  • A high iron content, 20 times more than than of grapes
  • 8-10% of the daily recommended intake (DRI) of calcium per 100mg of the dried fruit
  • 24% of the DRI of potassium / 100mg
  • 18% of DRI of Zinc / 100mg
  • 91% of DRI of Selenium / 100mg
  • 100% of DRI for Riboflavin / 100mg
  • Loaded with anti-oxidants. 3000 units is considered a good standard for healthy food. The Goji Berry is 25,300 units
  • 16% of DRI for dietary fiber per 100mg serving

Goji berry plants have an agressive root system and re quite drought tolerant once established. Full sun is best for growth and berry production. They will tolerate part shade. Goji berries are hardy in zones 2-7 and will tolerate a wide variety of soils, though they prefer higher quality soils with good drainage. Pruning of the plant will keep the plant shorter, thicker and will help increase flower and fruit production. Berries are borne on second year plants with maximum fruit production reached in the 4th and 5th years.

A limited quantity of Goji Berry plants are available at Art's Nursery for the spring 2011 season. Give us a call at 604.882.1201 or drop by to purchase yours today. Please confirm availability before visiting as availability is finite.

More information about Goji Berries can be found on these sites:

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca is an owner and the ‘Plant Boss’ of Art’s Nursery Garden & Home, a large family owned garden centre in Surrey. Fueled by her passion for plants and the occasional grande vanilla latte, Rebecca strives to share her love of gardening at every opportunity. The goal: to offer more service, more selection and more fun.
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