Tiny blue rockets of nutrients blueberries are one of my favourite snacks. Perfect on their own or with, well just about any sweet dish. They are brimming with disease-fighting antioxidants as well as plenty of vitamin C and K. They have also been shown to help protect against cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol and help retain cognitive function.
Being fans of cooler weather makes them a perfect addition to any hedgerow and they do very well in large pots not getting any bigger than 5ft high. They require very little pruning and if you buy a 2-year-old sapling you will only have to wait a year for a good crop of berries that will continue to increase year after year. Make sure to water well and get a few different varieties and you will have beautiful blueberries from late spring till early winter. If you’re really short on space there are some dwarf varieties that still produce a lot of berries.
2. Goji Berries
As a Himalayan species, the Goji berry is well suited to our rather miserable climate either in the ground or a large pot. High in vitamin C, B2, A, iron and antioxidants, they are an awesome superfruit boost to any smoothie or served with oats. Goji berries have also been shown to help prevent eye disease, protect against skin damage and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
They are quite sour so may not be for everyone but I love them fresh and dried. These guys can get pretty big (up to 10ft tall) so keep them well pruned and give them a good drink every so often but don’t worry about frost or harsh weather. If you look after your plants you can expect a good harvest when the plant is 2 years old (most sapling are sold around the 1 year mark) but could get up to a kilo of berries come it’s 4th birthday. Harvest in mid-summer when the berries are dark red and slightly squidgy.