(Lycium chinense) Also called wolfberries, Gojis have been grown in the Ningxia province in China for hundreds of years. Traditional Chinese folk medicine uses them to cure a variety of ailments. Goji berries have also long been used in various Asian dishes as an ingredient or agarnish. Goji berry bushes grow to be five to six feet high. The berries are very delicate when on the plant, and are picked by hand. Sometimes a cloth is laid out and they are gently shaken from the vine. Frequently they are set out in the sun to dry, whereupon they become slightly chewy. Besides eating the berries, you can also drink the goji berry juice.
Numerous goji berry products are being marketed in the West. Among the most popular are dried goji berries and goji berry juices, which are frequently made up of goji berry juice mixed with water or other fruit juices. Health food and specialty stores also sell teas, pure goji berry juice, goji berry extract in capsule form, goji berry crunch bars and granola cereals with goji berries. Some goji berry lovers appreciate the taste, comparing it to a cranberry or a cross between a strawberry and raspberry. Many of them buy the berry because of its reputed health benefits. Tremendous health claims have been made and this fruit is considered one of the Super Fruits. Many studies have shown the abundance of nutrients, anti-ox dants, amino acids and vitamins in the goji berry and it lists as #1 on the ORAC scale.
The Goji appears perfectly suited to New Mexico’s climate and is one of the few plants that likes an alkaline soil. Full sunlight and drought tolerant once established, of course better care gives a more abundant crop. Commercially they are raised on a single stake growing up to 5 foot and then drooping over and down in a fountain form. Plants will produce about 8 lbs. each
Crimson Star - Grown from cuttings and considered the best variety for fruit also known as Ningxia NQ-1 1 gal size $16.95
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