Superfood Berry Collection - Aronia, Goji and Blueberry Pink Lemonade
Tired of spending a fortune on the latest dried superfruits from high street retailers? Why not grow your own and get the freshest, tastiest, most super fruit for a fraction of the price? And the best part is, once you've eaten it, it grows right back!
With this Superfood Berry collection you can grow a range of exciting fruit in your garden. Each of the plants contained in this collection are considered superfoods and are packed with antioxidants and other health benefits. This gorgeous fruit collection contains aronia berries, goji berries and blueberries.
Each of the berries in the collection are known for their health benefits and all of them are excellent for using in cooking, juicing and eating fresh. As each of these plants produce fruit and flower at slightly different times you will have plenty of colour and fruit filling your garden from spring until autumn.
This Collection Consists of 3 Fruiting Plants
- 1 x Chokeberry 'Viking' Bush - Aronia prunifolia - 3L Pot
- 1 x Goji Berry Bush - Lycium barbarum - 3L Pot
- 1 x Blueberry Pink Lemonade (Pink Sapphire) 3L Pot
Chokeberry 'Viking' Bush - Aronia prunifolia - 3L Pot
The 'Viking' chokeberry is a tart, rich berry, which is best used in pies and crumbles when sweetened. Like a blackberry, most people find the chokeberry too sour to eat straight from the bush, but it certainly is possible, and some people will prefer them that way.
As a superfood, this is now a popular addition to health juices and other health snacks. The fruit can be used in jams, jellies, wines, syrups and tea, so it is a very versatile fruit indeed!
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Goji Berry Bush - Lycium barbarum - 3L Pot
Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. Fantastic royal purple flowers appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to a host of juicy, bright fruits that resemble tiny red peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Although they sound rather exotic, Goji plants actually very easy to grow, pretty hardy and continue to flower and produce fruit through the first heavy frost providing a great late crop.
You have probably seen their fruit in most health stores recently with their health benefits gaining a lot of press. Originally, the Chinese used their bark and roots to make medicine, and there have been claims that the berries can be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and relieving colds. It is most commonly sold as an all round health food with the benefits above, antioxidant properties and as a weight loss aid.
The fruits can be eaten raw, and are a sweet flavour with a slightly chewy consistency. Equally they can be used in a number of recipes including pies and even salsa. They are a popular dried fruit, often added to cereal or to smoothies.
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Blueberry Pink Lemonade (Pink Sapphire) 3L Pot
A relatively new variety of blueberry introduced in 2005 the striking Pink lemonade is a cultivar that is sure to get your guests talking. You may have thought it was a prerequisite of a blueberry to have well… blue berries but the pink lemonade rips up the rule books in that respect.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking these are a gimmicky attempt at being different for different sake - these blueberries have the most wonderful, distinct flavour and really are an interesting fruit to have in your garden. The plump, pink berries produce a flavour quite different to other blueberries with that nostalgic tangy taste of actual pink lemonade! You won’t find these berries in supermarkets so grow your own and share them with friends and family. This is a very attractive plant too and looks great in a container on your patio.
The rise in the reputation of the blueberry as a superfood has also led to a great increase in popularity. The fruits are packed full of vitamin c and antioxidants and are much more palatable than some of the other superfood alternatives. Blueberries go great with cereal or as part of a smoothie and can make a great tasting jam too.
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Caring and Maintenance
Water during dry periods. Remove any weeds by hand and place a mulch around the plant in winter if you would like to avoid further weeds. Prune when dormant between late autumn and late winter. Aim to remove the old wood, as fruit grows on new wood.
Blueberries tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 4.0 - 6.0 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Blackcurrants tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 6.0 - 7.5 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Goji Berries will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but prefer well-drained conditions. A pH of 6.0 - 7.5 is ideal. They prefer full sun, but will also grow in partial shade.
Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Ideally, mulch with compost or rotted manure. Firm the bush in well before watering.
Can be planted at any time of the year, as it is a containerised plant.
These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.