Himalayan ‘miracle food’
Goji berry plants, or lysium barbarum are now available to New Zealand gardeners. Glucina’s nursery at Matakana north of Auckland have released the new plants to garden centres this month.
Goji juice, dried berries and chocolate coated gojis have been the latest health trend around the world. World-wide demand for the little red berries, also known as red diamonds, means they have been quite expensive to buy. Growing your own has never come at a better time according to Kevin at Glucinas nursery.
“The cultivar we have been working on starts producing berries after it’s second year and is fully productive by year five – producing loads of the little red berries throughout summer/autumn.”
The plant is a deciduous long living perennial which develops a trunk not dissimilar to an old grape vine. It can grow to 3m tall with multiple fruit bearing branches but pruning to suit your site is okay for small gardens.
Goji plants originate in the Himalayan triangle of Tibet , China and Mongolia-but nearly 100 percent of the world’s commercial production is in the fertile river deltas of China.
The plant is suitable for growing throughout New Zealand. It does well in most well drained soil types – but like most other plants needs protection from slugs snails and rabbits in its first year.
Goji berries have been used in China and Tibet for thousands of years as a longevity/medicinal food – and over the past few years scientific analysis has uncovered some goji secrets. The fresh goji berry has approximately five times more anti oxidants than any other food and as well as a full range of fatty acids vitamins and minerals the exciting scientific research is focused on several of goji’s unique polysaccharides which are found in no other food.
Goji plants are available at Mitre 10 mega, Oderings nurseries, garden centres and The Potting Shed at Matakana. To be included, contact us at least two weeks before your event is due to take place. Fax your details to: 630-5432, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: Community Notices, Private Bag 56910, Dominion Rd, Mt Eden.