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The Lycium Family

Traditional Chinese Medicine holds a strong belief that this fruit can significantly extend life. The root bark, (from L.chinense only, not L.barbarum) as decoction, certainly aids respiratory ailments. We have used it as such.
The dried berries are usually for sale in the health food stores as 'Goji', but that frequently means a combination of L.chinense and L.barbarum and L.fericossimum. You just never know.

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Some confusion

For all intents and purposes, regarding the fruit, they seem identical.
Even the much maligned 'African Boxthorn' has highly edible and nutritious fruit that are hard to distinguish from any of the other varieties. Once dried, the resemblance to each other is remarkable.

Our L. barbarum seedlings are only available 'in-season' from November to April.

 

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Just Good Food

We have completed 'BRIX' readings on our fresh fruit and can confirm that the fruit is consistently at least 36 on the scale. By way of comparison, Cherries in excellent condition rate at 25.

The consumption of the berries nourishes the body and supports the healing process.
We eat the berries on a daily basis as a general tonic for the kidneys, liver and spleen.

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Our Experience

We have been growing these berries for many years and, while we do feel that many of the claims made about them are overstated and unsubstantiated, they are a wonderful food and medicine source.
They are long branched and slightly 'willowy' shrubs that are great to have around the perimeter of the house yard.
They do require trimming a few times a year, but apart from that they are quite low maintenance. We experience a very hot summer and an occasional frost in winter, which do not deter them at all. Plant in summer and unless the climate is unfair you will have some berries in the next.

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Our Seed and Seedlings

Our Lycium seed is taken from our seed grown plants which are at least second or third generation Australian or taken as cuttings from these plants. 
While there are many species of Lycium, there are two basic varieties that are maintained as producers of the berry. We have been selling both varieties across Australia since 2005 and have received amazing reports of success from every corner of the country.

All information is not Equal

We often receive emails from gardeners who are unsure of the meanings of many terms
often used in marketing literature. Terms like 'Organic' are very irresponsibly used when selling products.
As always, buyers must be aware of the claims.

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Home Grown

Home grown fruit does taste better. Apart from the fact that you know exactly what the plants were exposed to during their life, there is also the sweetness of the success of growing them. Fresh red berries are in no way similar to the dry fruit.


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Pick Daily

While they are perhaps not the most decorative of plants in the garden, their ability to produce at least one and usually two crops of berry a year makes them a worthwhile inclusion in any garden situation 

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Year to Year

Our shrubs are trimmed back twice a year to encourage new wood to come from the roots.

The more stems coming from the root base, the more fruit you get.

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Fresh is Best

The fruit itself is quite delicate and needs to be picked just before you are ready to eat them. They have a very short 'shelf life' which is why you will never see them them in fresh fruit markets.

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The Climate

The Lycium barbarum variety grows as a shrub and can get to 2.5m high and across. It will grow well in any sunny position as long as the soil has some drainage. It needs to be trimmed back at least every winter. It must be noted that it is a deciduous shrub and will drop all of it's leaves, indicating that it is time to prune it back quite hard. Pruning also increases crop yield. Lycium barbarum flowers during Spring and fruits in late Spring and Summer. If trimmed back after fruiting it may fruit again in February.
The Australian climate seems perfectly suited to these plants, which may or may not have come from the Tibetan plateau, but have certainly flourished in the Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, and Xinjiang Provinces in China from where 90% of the export market is sourced. They also thrive to a great extent in Japan where they are used in traditional Kampo remedies. If buying seed, sow anytime in a greenhouse or protected place, but early Spring is best.

How to Contact us

As we are actually physically growing the seeds that we sell it is rarely convenient for us to answer the telephone or the door so email contact is the most convenient for us and reliable for you.

Email: info@beautanicals.com.au