The berries produced by the Goji plant contain extremely high levels of antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. They contain many amino acids, more beta carotene than carrots, 21 trace minerals, more vitamin c by weight than oranges, vitamin B1, B2 & B6, protein & iron.
Goji Berries are rated the worlds most powerful superfood & are top on the ORAC scale, which measures the antioxidant level in foods.
They also contain unique phytochemicals, polysaccharides & compounds. Betaine, which enhances memory & promotes muscle growth. Physalin, which is active against all major types of leukemia & has been used as a treatment for hepatitis B. Solavetivone, a powerful anti-fungal & anti-bacterial compound. Beta-sitoserol, which is an anti-inflammatory agent & Cyperone, a sezquiterpene, which is beneficial to the heart & blood.
Goji berry plants are extremely easy to grow. They are hardy & drought tolerant. The prefer full sun & well-drained soil. They require a planting distance of approx 3ft3.Unpruned, they would eventually grow into a large shrub with arching branches, reaching a height & spread of around 7 – 8 ft.
Pruning your plant in late autumn or early spring will keep it neat & compact.
When the berries are the size of a small grape & a red orange colour, they are ready to harvest.