Goji Berry Chinese Wolfberry

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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Description

(Lycium barbarum)

A sprawling shrub with purple flowers and sweet orange red berries.

Flavours/Food Partners

Goji’s have a sweet flavor similar to Cranberry or Sultana and can be used in sweet or savory dishes. Tuey partner with sweeter herbs like most mints, parsley, coriander and in salads, sauces and casseroles with tomatoes and onions. Excellent added to mixed fried rice or other similar dishes.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

They are easy to use dried or rehydrated and can be added at all stages of cooking. Great eaten raw as an in between snack or on top of the morning breakfast cereal. As with any Asian plant that has been used for 1000 plus years there are stories and rumours about what it can and cannot cure. Most are just stories and have been challenged in many courts. However like all similar fruits they are high in Vitamins C and A, phyto chemicals and are also good sources of plant based protein.

Landscaping/Planting

This quick growing vine likes fertile well drained soil in part to full sun. Will grow well in any garden and also in large pots.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Harvest fruit in late autumn and then prune to keep in shape. Do not prune prior to fruiting and it may take a year or two to set fruit. Give regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed to keep the plant healthy and producing well.

Herb Attributes

Position PART TO FULL SUN, MODERATE FROST
Height 1.5M
Width 1.2M