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The Eleagnus genus (Autumn Olive, Goumi, Silverberry, Treboizond Date) consists of shrubs and trees that produce fruits with remarkable qualities. They are high in vitamin A and E, bioactive compounds, minerals, flavinoids and proteins. Their lycopene content is the highest of any food and is being used in the prevention of heart disease and cancers and in the treatment of cancer. Cooking the fruit increases the lycopene content. The fruits and seeds are a good source of essential fatty acids as well which is very unsual for a fruit. The seeds are also edible although somewhat fiberous, and are especially high in proteins and fats. All of the eleagnus species are nitrogen fixers. They take nitrogen out of the air and put it into the ground through a symbiotic relationship with a bacteria that lives in their roots, thereby improving the fertility of the surrounding soils. The shrub species of eleagnus are sun or shade tolerant and can be interplanted with larger nut trees to their benefit. Autumn Olive was so widely planted on mine reclaimation sites in the mid 20th century that it has extensively naturalized in some regions. Young seedlings of eleagnus can be fairly thorny, very useful for a hedgerow. Older, mature plants and named varieties grown from cuttings have few if any thorns.

RED GEM (TM) GOUMI (Eleagnus multiflora)
Large fruited and especially productive and flavorful selection from Siberia.

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RED GEM (TM) GOUMI (Eleagnus multiflora)
432 Burnt Ridge Road Onalaska, Washington 98570 Phone: 360.985.2873 Fax: 360.985.0882
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