Monday, August 12, 2013

Goji Berries, New at Loma

goji and flaxA few months ago I purchased a bag of ground flax seed mixed with Goji berries at a local health food store for a whopping $19.99. I've used it in recipes from cookies to pancakes and, sometimes, I just sprinkle it on top of yogurt.

A relative to the tomato, potato, peppers, eggplant and tobacco, Goji berries are an anti-oxidant packed superfood.
Superfood is a term used to describe food with high nutrient or phytochemical content that offer health benefits when consumed and very few to no negative attributes.

Goji berries have been given the title superfood because they are one of the world's most nutritionally rich foods. If you have not seen a Goji, it is about as big as a raisin. They contain 18 amino acids and more vitamin C per pound than any other fruit and more iron than spinach. 


LYCIUM barbarum Big Lifeberry is a cultivar introduced by Proven Winners available this fall at Loma Vista Nursery.

Goji BerriesWe all know the grow-your-own food movement is moving full steam ahead. Big Lifeberry Goji Berry is a great addition to the health enthusiasts' garden. This shrub form plant can be grown in well-drained soil or a container. Staking is recommended as the plant wants to sprawl along the ground. Gojies are hardy to zone 5 and do not require a pollinator. Minimal to no pruning required and health benefits galore.

For more information and recipes using Big Lifeberry Goji Berry, go to Proven Winners.
Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery

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