Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!
This ‘Superfruit’ is juicy and sweet when eaten fresh, or can be dried or frozen! Very high in antioxidants! ‘Firecracker’ has brilliant-red berries. It grows tall and wide, with a mounding habit. It is earlier to fruit and has a heavy production. The blooms are purple/white in early summer and then turn into scarlet red fruit in the fall. Self-pollinating. Drought tolerant. Prefers rich moist well-drained soil. Plant in sun or part shade. Flowering typically begins in the second year with maximum fruit production in the 4th or 5th year.
Also called, the Wolfberry, Lycium barbarum or Goji Berry, resembles a red raisin when dried. Members of the Boxthorn family, Goji berries are native to Southeast Europe and Asia and are related to the nightshade plants: potato, tomato, eggplant, tobacco and chili pepper. Goji leaves and root bark are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Goji berries are rich sources of antioxidants, carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, iron, zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids and fiber as well as respectable amounts of protein. They’ve earned superfood status in the health food industry. Goji berries have not been approved to prevent or treat any disease.
Goji berries are used throughout the Orient to treat a broad range of ailments and diseases. They are high in antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids and are widely used to reduce inflammation.