Black Goji Berry

Lycium ruthenicum

The rare black goji plant originates in the Himalayan Mountains in Central Asia where it is revered for its health benefits. The black fruit may be eaten fresh, dried, or made into a tea, and just a few dried fruits added to water will turn it vivid purple. Black goji fruit contains Vitamins A, C and E, and includes some essential fatty acids which are unusual in fruits. They also have large amounts of proanthocyanidins – a powerful antioxidant that removes free radicals from cells similar to cranberries or grape seeds.

Water: Water well and then let dry out between waterings

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Shrub that reaches 4 to 6’ tall. The leaves are fleshy and light gray to greenish; the branches have thorns. It is self-fertile and fruits will ripen in Summer to early Fall.

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moderately rich

Origin: Himalayan Mountains in Central Asia

Black Goji Berry