Hi­malayan ‘mir­a­cle food’

Central Leader - - News -

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: edcl@snl.co.nz or write to: Com­mu­nity No­tices, Pri­vate Bag 56910, Do­min­ion Rd, Mt Eden.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.