Growing Your Own Super Food Goji Berry

purple blooms on the goji berry vineIn this post I share my experience growing and eating the Goji berry.  Ignore all the hype of the berry being healthy and that is why you should grow them.  I think they taste gross unless you prepare them.  The vine is really something to experience – it is very pretty in full bloom.

Goji Berry Fun Facts

It’s always exciting to find new information about the veggies and fruits I grow in my Ohio home garden.  I had no idea the beautiful Goji Berry plant I grew in my garden a few years ago was pack with so many health benefits.   Some of the best ways to use the berry are listed below:

  • Teas
  • Soup
  • Smoothies

Goji Berry Box from Meijers

 Goji berries are a superfood because they contain chemical compounds called phytochemicals that are produced by plants. Phytochemicals in berries include polysaccharides, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin.

Interested in growing your own Goji Berries?  It’s super easy and the vine is gorgeous in any partial sunny location of your home garden.  I share more at Lifeberry Goji Berries in my Home Garden.  Mine is doing it’s best facing the southwest in my geodesic biodome year-round.

Growing Goji Berry In My Home Garden

Container Gardening on Step

The first summer I grew this plant in a larger container surrounded by some of my favorite herbs and flowers. The bees and butterflies loved the flowers of the Goji Berries.  I need to look back on my Instagram and find a photo of the bloom from that summer.   The berries came quickly and were surprised by their flavor right off the vine.  I prefer to eat the newly harvested berries after they’ve been dried in a dehydrator just because they are healthy.  They taste kind of weird even dehydrated.

In the dome, I added a wire trellis for the vine to climb and it is doing fantastic!

Let’s Connect

What do you think about Goji Berries?  Have you ever tried them in a recipe?  I would love to hear what you think about the berry and any additional questions you may have.  Comment on this blog post for a quick response.

Happy Growing Your Own Goji,

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2 thoughts on “Growing Your Own Super Food Goji Berry”

  1. Well, my LifeBerry goji from Stark Bros produced its first harvest for me this past autumn of 2015. I (and others) found the berries to be rather disagreeable in flavor when eaten raw, straight off the vine; bitter and medicinal with a seedy texture. From that point I used them in baking, where these issues vanished into the flavor and texture of the finished product. This coming season I expect to dehydrate much of the harvest and see where that takes us!

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    • Great to connect Jay – I had a similar experience with the plant I grew year in Ohio in a container. I was sharing it all spring and summer on social media from the time I brought it home from the local garden center to the first bloom. It came time to eat a berry and I was surprised… it was not what I imagined. I’m glad I shared it on social media because someone introduced me to drying them! They taste awesome dried in salads and of course in smoothies. I would love to try them in bake goodies. I’ll have to look up some recipes!

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