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Superfood berries

Superfood Beeren Lubera

Superfood berries? Are all berries now superfood? Yes, this is exactly the simplification we are proposing: it's not venturous, it's just reasonable to assume that with all the hype about superfood, that all kinds of berries are actually superfoods. There may be differences in the ingredients and in the concentration of the healthy contents and their effects, but all berries are healthy (at least always much healthier than no berries). In all honesty, what good is a fruit, however healthy it may be, if it doesn't taste good and is not eaten?

In any case, it is important to us that the berry fruit – whether taking all the health issues into account – does not degenerate into medicine, which by definition tastes terrible. Berries are good; as plants they are mostly beautiful and beyond that they are superfood-healthy!

Superfood berries – the wide range of products in the Lubera® shop

From the cape gooseberry to the Firstberry, from goji to pointilla bushes and even lemon trees (oh, sorry, no berries), we offer you a huge selection of attractive, high-yielding plants in the Lubera® shop, with which you can provide yourself and your family from June until late autumn with delicious, top-quality, sweet fruits. Home-grown at home is even better than organic! And our varieties have always been more resistant, tastier and more unusual in terms of growth. For a long time now, the focus has no longer been exclusively on the yield of superfood berries, but also on their decorative effect, with which they score points with their owners in gardens, but also on balconies and terraces.

Berries are one of the first indigenous fruit varieties in early summer, which are indispensable in any self-catering garden, although many of the small, roundish and soft fruits can also be collected wild in nature or can be obtained as fresh produce all year round from fruit retailers. Well – the superfood berries and chia seeds you buy may not be quite fresh anymore and will of course always be inferior to the home-grown fruits of the summer in terms of taste. But, as the name Lubera already says and Markus Kobelt, the founder of our company with his hidden word combination 'lustful' and 'berries', wanted to be understood already 30 years ago: every day, better eaters who are keen on health and enjoyment prefer to eat fresh and preferably unprocessed fruit. We would now like to introduce you to some of the most popular varieties from our extensive range of superfood berries.

   
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Bilberry Sylvana

Very sweet, dark blue blueberry

From £12.40 *

Black Elderberry 'Haschberg'

Sambucus nigra 'Haschberg' - ideal for making jams, juice, tea, syrup

£24.90 *

Blackberry Navaho® The Big Easy®

Upright growing blackberry Navaho® The Big Easy®

From £14.90 *

Blackberry Original Navaho®

The first, thornless blackberry that tastes!

From £7.90 *

Blueberry Blue Dessert®

The late, aromatic variety

From £9.40 *

Blueberry Blueroma®

Has the best flavour

From £9.40 *

Blueberry Rubel

The most complete of all blueberries

From £9.40 *

Burgundy-coloured elderberry 'Black Tower'

Good for enjoying and very eye-catching!

£24.90 *

Cape gooseberry '(Big) Little Buddha'

Large-fruited Physalis

From £4.90 *

Cape gooseberry 'Biscuit'

Compact cape gooseberry

From £4.90 *

Cape gooseberry 'Fruttosa'

The very special, fruity cape gooseberry

From £4.90 *

Cape gooseberry 'Peters Best'

Rich-bearing Physalis

From £4.90 *

   
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Superfood Beeren Goji Turgidus Lubera

In our own berry orchard it is almost always harvest season

While the first fruit trees began to flower tentatively just a few weeks before  the start of May, you can already find enough empty baskets for the berry fruit from the strawberry season that is about to start. You can often harvest large quantities for a healthy diet. By cleverly selecting the different varieties, the harvesting period for superfood berries can be extended to many months in the garden year, provided the weather plays at least some part. Your mix of popular soft fruit plants for the garden could therefore look something like this:

And this is only a small excerpt of possible combinations for the selection of soft fruit varieties. With our almost 300 different shrubs and standards, the personal harvest calendar for your favourite superfood berries can be designed very individually and exactly according to the taste requirements of your health-conscious family and friends. Before we show you our most beautiful side of the Lubera berries in the following, here are a few brief remarks on what nature's much-vaunted miracle cures really are.

Who actually determines which berries are superfoods?

We have already tried to explain many aspects of this sometimes difficult topic in detail in our article 'Superfoods from your own garden'. Therefore, the definition of this term is more appropriate for the marketing industry, where it mostly refers to the “new” alleged miracle cures from all kinds of faraway and exotic countries, which we encounter as Chia seeds, Acai berries and noni juices in shops and pharmacies. Apart from the fact that this more or less intelligent word creation is linguistically wrong in that the orthography in this country does not know a plural for food. Following the example of our berry assortment, we at Lubera® don't have to conjure a comparison with the high-flying health promises out of a hat because the innumerable positive health effects of native and regionally grown honeyberries, kiwi fruits, grapes and others have proven themselves sufficiently for centuries. Berries are full of good ingredients like vitamins, valuable minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids and calcium. They are all nutrients that ensure a healthy and good diet. More than half of our superfood berries are our own cultivations and selections, which are far removed from any genetic engineering, but instead have been created during many years of cultivation work and under extremely different climatic conditions at our two locations in Switzerland and northern Germany. Therefore, you can certainly do without aponin-containing quinoa from Chile, unripe but pesticide-rich avocados from Brazil and even more so without the excessively cultivated camu camu berries from Colombia. Instead of a lot of hot air, the real heroes from the natural repertoire of our superfood berries will be much better for you – both in terms of taste AND money, by the way.

Which soft fruit is best suited for the leisure garden?

We have already prepared many tips on blueberries, raspberries or currants for you in our Garden Book dossier. There we explain in a very practical way, with easy to understand words and a variety of films from our own video portal, what to consider when cultivating soft fruit, which work needs to be considered in terms of plant care and how versatile your well-earned superfood berry harvest can be used in the end. We would like to introduce some of our most popular types of soft fruits in more detail here, as they can be easily grown in almost any home garden and they are among the most delicious and culinary fitness foods.   

Strawberries – the vitamin-rich slimming fruit 

Its botanical name Fragaria can be traced back to the 14th century and means as much as “fragrant”. But we are dealing here with fruits that are particularly rich in associations, which have undoubtedly made it to the very top of the sky in the domestic superfood berries. Our Germanic ancestors regarded the strawberry as a symbol of many joys of life. Seductive, shining and enticing, it was consecrated to the goddess Freya and even the first three berries a year were generously sacrificed to her by the people centuries ago. And what the still much quoted 'strawberry mouth' is supposed to unambiguously convey, you should ask your children or grandchildren. And these wild fruits of sin, world desire and temptation are surprisingly easy to grow in your home garden. Everything that is needed for this can be found in our shop, everbearing or June-bearing, ground cover versions with an almost endless berry harvest as well as hanging, fragrant strawberries that will find their place even on the smallest balcony. All you have to do is this:

  • Prepare the soil as deep as possible
  • Avoid any waterlogging with the alternative of dam construction
  • Choose a sunny location
  • Consider a sufficient plant distance
  • Depending on the weather situation, place straw under the ripening berries
  • Harvest regularly because the fresher these superfood berries are consumed, the better their aroma

A grape garden, like in paradise

Among the Germanic peoples, grape vines have been known since the Middle Ages. The motivation for the cultivation is considered to be the Christianisation that was progressing at that time, in which wine was indispensable for the institution of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, but also for the mutual toasting of the clergy afterwards. As a cultural asset, however, these superfood berries have been known for much longer, as even the ancient Romans such as Pliny (61 to 113 A.D.) were quite actively involved with the spirit of wine. Light and warmth play an essential role when growing grapes. Longer dry periods during the growth and ripening of the grapes can have a negative effect on their quality and aroma. It is equally unfavourable if there is a lot of moisture from above, as too much humidity favours the development of disease risks for the plants. The blue, red, white and many of the popular seedless Lubera® grape varieties all thrive very well in our temperate climate zones. Four things are essential for growing the juicy superfood berries and grapes in the home garden:

  • A protected location, if possible on walls or house walls
  • Even if the vine makes only extremely modest demands in terms of soil conditions, the pH value should not be or be able to rise either in the acidic (< 5.0) or alkaline (< 7.5) range
  • Before planting, the soil must be deeply loosened; you can also give your vines an extra thick layer of humus under the roots
  • Remove old building rubble from the soil if you want to plant grapes near existing walls or on house facades. 

Wild and vital fruit – Lubera’s real superfood berries

And here they are now, the “good old friends”, which are usually always expensive and usually dried, or found as extract, juice or ground into powder and can be bought in the health food store, health food shop or from the pharmacist. Or they have just been grown in the garden, after you have selected them in our shop as Goji Berry Turgidus®, Elderberry Instant Karma®, Sea Buckthorn Garden’s Gift, First Berry® Blue Sea and Blue Moon or as Pointilla®. All of them are strong and high-yielding plants that are not too complicated to grow or maintain, with high resistance to the most common plant diseases and with edible fruits that can do good for your health.

  • The fruits of the goji plants belong to the most popular superfood berries at the moment, and it is precisely with these plants that exotic sweet fruits, natural health, many vitamins and magnificent beauty come together on a single shrub.
  • Or the elderberry, of which an old proverb says that you should take off your hat in awe when you see the elderberry bush. But the dark berries should not be eaten raw. The very weak poison sambunigrin contained in the elderberries is completely neutralised by heating them for a short time, so that a very high-quality juice full of vitamins or delicious breakfast jam can be made from the fruit.
  • Almost completely undemanding as far as the soil is concerned is the sea buckthorn. The drop-shaped fruits, which grow up to eight millimetres in size, shine in an impressive orange-red  to yellow-white flowering shrubs, which in a sunny location can reach a height of up to four metres. Our popular variety ‘Gardens Gift’, which proverbially outshines all other exotic superfood berries, is characterised by a particularly high vitamin content and can be processed excellently into juices and tasty compote.

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