GOJI BERRY WOLFBERRY Lycium barbarum
The goji berry is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet! It scores a whopping 25,300 on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC scale) – a fancy way of measuring antioxidant content – while common fruits like apples score just 218. If that wasn’t enough, these superstars contain 18 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids, meaning they’re one of few plant sources of complete protein! They also contain 21 minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium and zinc.
And from a vitamin standpoint, the goji berry is a fantastic source of brain-boosting B vitamins as well as antioxidants C and E. Text from Vitality magazine, Fall 2016.
The goji berry shrub is hardy in almost all of North America! We have been growing this shrub in Canada (zone 4) for a number of years, and this plant is reported to be hardy to zone 2! Fruit are produced in spring. Plant in a sunny location. The shrub does not need special soil, and can tolerate poor soils.
Type: Hardy shrub
Hardiness zones: 3-9
Location: Full sun
Seeds per pack: 20
Germination: Soak seeds for several hours before planting. Place seeds just under the surface of a sterile growing mix. Place at room temperature. Keep moist until germination.