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Sea Buckthorn: Delicious, Antioxidant And Healing – Vigorous Herbs

The sea buckthorn power berry is particularly rich in vitamin C and provides relief from a variety of health problems.

Sea Buckthorn - Delicious - Antioxidant And Healing - Vigorous Herbs

Sea Buckthorn – Delicious – Antioxidant And Healing – Vigorous Herbs

The sea buckthorn – a winter fruit

When Father Frost recaptures his kingdom, we humans like to make ourselves comfortable at home. The gnarled sea buckthorn bush, on the other hand, defies wind and weather and lets its orange berries shine from afar – as if it were shouting: “Hello, you there! Come and eat my berries! They help you to get through the winter healthy! ”.

The berries of the sea buckthorn are so strikingly colored that they are also called orangeberry bushes, coral bushes or red sloe. In contrast to the sloe, however, the sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L) does not belong to the rose family, but to the olive family. Much like the sloe, the sea buckthorn is also strewn with thorns – and because it likes to thrive on sandy ground, it was called sea buckthorn.

A snack for horses and Genghis Khan

Hippophae – the botanical generic name – means shining horse. He reminds us that the sea buckthorn was already used as a horse snack in bygone eras, which resulted in a wonderfully shiny coat. But the riders themselves also benefited from the healthy berries. Even the warriors of the Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan are said to have strengthened themselves with the help of the energizing berries. To this day, the fruits of the sea buckthorn are a symbol of vitality and resilience.

Today the sea buckthorn distribution area extends from large parts of Europe. Whether in the steppes of Siberia, in the rugged mountain regions of the Alps or in the northern German lowlands: the sea buckthorn feels good almost everywhere and does not make any great demands. However, the sea buckthorn originally comes from Central Asia, such as Nepal and Tibet.

Magical healing power

In terms of medicine, the sea buckthorn is a particularly interesting plant. The millennia-old application speaks for itself. In traditional Tibetan medicine, the berries, but also the flowers and leaves of the sea buckthorn have been used since time immemorial in order to increase the body’s defenses and fitness as well as to cure skin diseases.

In Europe, however, there are hardly any old sources about the use of sea buckthorn in medicine. An indication of sea buckthorn leaves against the so-called Antonius fire, which was once associated with the devil himself, has only survived from the Middle Ages. Today it is clear that it was a serious case of poisoning caused by the consumption of rye contaminated with ergot and that resulted in innumerable deaths.

The sea buckthorn seems to have belonged more to the magical plants. It was therefore popular to plant sea buckthorn branches over windows and doors in the hope that the evil spirits would get caught in the strong thorns.

Since the sea buckthorn is not one of the tried and tested medicinal plants in the western world like the sage or rosemary, it is not yet to be found in the German Pharmacopoeia. Old experience from other countries as well as many results of modern scientific investigations could lead to the fact that the sea buckthorn is finally officially recognized as a medicinal plant in our country as well. He deserved it!

* You can find organic sea buckthorn vital juice with a high content of vitamin C here under this link.

The traditional uses

The exploration of the ingredients and the traditional uses of the sea buckthorn on Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences in India has shown that sea buckthorn berries antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, cell- and hepatoprotective properties, strengthen the immune system, reduce stress and contribute to tissue regeneration.

The list of traditional applications is very long. B .:

  1. Loss of appetite, exhaustion and tiredness
  2. Gastrointestinal problems (e.g. bowel inflammation, diarrhea, heartburn)
  3. Inflammation of the mucous membranes
  4. Ulcers
  5. Influenza infections and flu (fever)
  6. gout
  7. Skin conditions (e.g. acne, rash, neurodermatitis, burns)
  8. Bleeding gums
  9. Heart failure
  10. Radiation damage
  11. Vitamin deficiency
The macronutrients

Like other berries, sea buckthorn berries consist of over 80 percent water. Although the fruits taste very sour, they contain about the same amount of sugar (mainly in the form of fructose and glucose) as in strawberries – around 5 grams per 100 grams of fresh fruit. The calorie content is 94 kcal. The sour taste is due to the very different fruit acids contained, but especially to the malic acid, which has a detoxifying effect, among other things. The nutritional profile of fresh sea buckthorn berries is as follows:

  1. 4 g protein
  2. 2 g of carbohydrates
  3. 3 g of fiber
  4. 7 g fat

What is striking is the high oil or fat content of 7 grams for a fruit, because raspberries or strawberries contain some of them. B. only 0.3 grams.

Healthy fatty acids

The fat content is mainly concentrated in the small sea buckthorn seeds. They consist of 20 percent fat or oil. But the pulp of the sea buckthorn berries still contains around 5 percent oil.

In the seeds, the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have the edge. The seed oil consists of 35 percent linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid), which corresponds to an interesting omega-6-omega-3 ratio of 1: 1.

In pulp oil, on the other hand, monounsaturated fatty acids dominate, of which palmitoleic acid makes up an average of 40 percent. The still relatively unknown palmitoleic acid is also known under the term omega-7 fatty acid. Sea buckthorn oil is one of the best vegetable sources for this fatty acid.

Palmitoleic acid – an omega-7 fatty acid

The omega-7 fatty acid is supposed to inhibit inflammatory processes, increases the insulin sensitivity of the cells, thus counteracts insulin resistance and can thus prevent many diseases of civilization such as type 2 diabetes, arteriosclerosis and heart attacks.

According to the latest findings, the omega-7 fatty acid also has a hormone-like effect and is intended to prevent fat from being stored in the wrong tissue – such as the liver – which counteracts the development of fatty liver. In addition, omega-7 fatty acids are said to have a balancing effect when there is a high intake of carbohydrates and prevent obesity.

The fat content of the sea buckthorn berries also ensures that the fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins K and E) they contain can be easily absorbed.

* You can find organic sea buckthorn vital juice with a high content of vitamin C here under this link.

The vitamins

The sea buckthorn berries are primarily known for their exceptional vitamin C content. However, they combine practically the entire vitamin complex. For example, 100 grams of fresh sea buckthorn berries contain on average (RDA = recommended daily dose):

  1. 450 mg vitamin C (450 percent of the RDA): The powerful antioxidant is important for the eyes, the nervous system and the skin, strengthens the immune system and protects against arteriosclerosis.
  2. 1,500 µg beta-carotene (75 percent of the RDA): Act against free radicals and is converted in the body into vitamin A, which is involved in the visual process and keeps skin and mucous membranes healthy.
  3. 210 µg vitamin B2 (13 percent of the RDA): Is essential for cell function, growth and development.
  4. 6 µg vitamin B12 (186 percent of the RDA): Is involved in cell division, blood formation and the functioning of the nervous system and promotes concentration and memory.
  5. 10 µg vitamin K (14.3 percent of the RDA): is important for blood coagulation and bone metabolism and counteracts vascular calcification.
  6. 5 mg vitamin E (4 percent of the RDA): Has anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antioxidant effects, supports the immune system and protects against cancer.
The lemon of the north

Since sea buckthorn berries are one of the Nordic fruits richest in vitamin C, they are also known as the lemons of the north. The also sour berries beat the yellow exotic lemon , which has “only” 53 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams , but in this regard by far.

However, remember that nutrient information is always an average. The vitamin and mineral content can vary considerably depending on the variety, location, growing conditions, harvest time and processing. The vitamin C content of 100 grams of fresh sea buckthorn berries is between 120 and an incredible 2,500 milligrams. Officially (in the federal food key) it is given as 450 milligrams.

Analyzes have shown that fresh berries from the northern European coasts contain 120 to 315 milligrams of vitamin C, while berries from the Alps contain 405 to 1,100 milligrams of vitamin C. But as you can see, even the low-vitamin C sea buckthorn berries from the far north are still an excellent source of vitamin C.

Sea buckthorn fruits are therefore ideally suited for the prevention of colds and infectious diseases, as an autumn cure, for optimizing the vitamin C supply and as a tonic in convalescence after debilitating diseases. The berries also have an antibacterial and antiviral effect and act as potent free radical scavengers. If you are one of those people who want to prevent a vitamin deficiency and / or a weakened immune system or already suffer from them, sea buckthorn berries can be very helpful.

Sea buckthorn as a source of vitamin B12?

When it comes to plant-based vitamin B12 sources, skepticism is always required, as vitamin B12 is a vitamin that is almost completely absent from plant-based foods. All too often it turned out in retrospect that the vitamin B12 contained in supposedly good plant-based vitamin B12 sources consisted largely of inactive vitamin B12, so-called analogues , such as in sauerkraut . We have already discussed details here: Vitamin B12 – food for vegans

Sea buckthorn berries have also long been touted as an extremely good supplier of vitamin B12. But when a well-known manufacturer of sea buckthorn B12 capsules had to take them off the market, uncertainty suddenly spread. The company announced that no vitamin B12 at all has been found in its suppliers’ organic sea buckthorn berries.

However, a current German study from 2017 has now shown that 100 grams of dried sea buckthorn berries contain 37 micrograms of vitamin B12, which is clearly relevant in view of the daily requirement of around 4 micrograms. The German researchers have also confirmed that it is actually active vitamin B12 and not analogues (inactive B12). Yes, the sea buckthorn berries examined contained over 98 percent bioactive vitamin B12!

So it may well be that some sea buckthorn products actually contain vitamin B12. But to be on the safe side, we would not assume that every sea buckthorn product now contains relevant amounts of B12 and can help to cover the vitamin B12 requirement.

If you still want to use the sea buckthorn for vitamin B12 supply, you should first ask the manufacturer of the selected products for an appropriate and up-to-date analysis that not only lists the B12 value, but also differentiates between active vitamin B12 and analogues.

The minerals

In addition, sea buckthorn fruits contain more than ten minerals or trace elements, including the following – again based on 100 grams of fresh berries:

  1. 200 µg copper (13.3 percent of the RDA): The trace element is involved in the formation of red blood cells and protects against infections.
  2. 30 mg magnesium (10 percent of the RDA): Stabilizes the body cells, supports the heart and muscles, has an anti-inflammatory effect, prevents diabetes and is involved in at least 300 enzyme activities.
  3. 133 mg potassium (6.7 percent of the RDA): Is involved in signal transmission between cells and counteracts high blood pressure.
  4. 42 mg calcium (4.2 percent of the RDA): Is essential for the mineralization of bones and teeth, is involved in the functioning of muscles and heart, and has many other myriad functions in the body.
Manufacturing and Quality

Fresh sea buckthorn berries are comparatively seldom consumed on their own, as they taste quite sour and are very rarely available in stores. If you can neither collect wild berries in your region nor have a sea buckthorn in the garden, you can, among other things, fall back on dried fruits or the delicious sea buckthorn juice. Both usually do very well in terms of nutritional content. However, the quality depends on the manufacturing process.

Dried sea buckthorn berries

Freeze-drying has proven its worth with dried fruits, as the berries are removed from the liquid, but not the valuable ingredients. 30 grams of freeze-dried berries are equivalent to approximately 200 grams of fresh berries.

In contrast, temperatures of around 50 degrees Celsius are used for drying, which affects heat-sensitive vitamins such as vitamin C and especially vitamin B12. Fruits as small as sea buckthorn berries are not particularly suitable for drying. In addition, preservatives such as sulfur dioxide and sugar are often added to dried fruits in order to extend the shelf life.

Dried sea buckthorn fruits can basically be used in the kitchen like fresh berries or used to make tea.

Sea buckthorn juice

In the production of sea buckthorn juice, the sea buckthorn berries are washed, sorted and crushed in a fruit mill. Then the mash is pressed and centrifuged, whereby the residues (pomace) are separated. The sea buckthorn juice is then gently pasteurized and heated to 80 to 85 degrees for seconds to make it durable.

If you want to use sea buckthorn juice as a remedy, you should use organic mother juice or original juice. This is a high-quality not-from-concentrate juice from the first pressing, which is bottled naturally cloudy. Clarifying the juice would cause some of the healthy ingredients to be lost. Organic mother juices contain no sugar, no synthetic vitamin additives, and no colorings or preservatives.

* You can find organic sea buckthorn vital juice with a high content of vitamin C here under this link.

A single glass of high-quality sea buckthorn juice (200 milliliters) contains around 560 milligrams of vitamin C, which is already 560 percent of the recommended daily amount! However, mother juices are not intended to be consumed in large quantities; instead, they are only consumed in a spoonful or diluted with other juices – not least because it is pure sea buckthorn mother juice (which is usually only available in small bottles of 0.3 l) tastes extremely sour.

For this reason – apart from the mother juices – there is hardly any sea buckthorn fruit juice that is unsweetened on the market. Even in the organic trade, these juices are always mixed with sweet juices (e.g. apple juice or carrot juice) and / or sweetened with honey.

Sea buckthorn juice and sea buckthorn tea: the application

Sea buckthorn juice and fresh and dried berries are perfect for boosting the immune system and avoiding a cold. But even if the first signs of an infection are already showing, fruits rich in vitamin C such as sea buckthorn berries help to positively influence the course of the disease. This was again confirmed by a study carried out at the University of Otago in 2017 .

1 to 3 tablespoons of sea buckthorn juice spread over the day can be enough to stay healthy or to get fit again. The amount can be increased if necessary.

Sea buckthorn juice for diabetics

Diabetics can easily reach for sea buckthorn juice, yes, they should. Because the properties of the sea buckthorn clearly indicate that it can have a healing effect on diabetes. For example, a 2015 study showed that sea buckthorn juice can improve the utilization of carbohydrates and can also have beneficial effects on the tissue of the pancreas.

Sea buckthorn tea

You can also prepare a fruity sea buckthorn tea. Although vitamin C is sensitive to heat, it is only rapidly broken down after prolonged cooking. In addition, however, acids stabilize the dissolved vitamin C and sea buckthorn fruits are known to be very acidic. This is why sea buckthorn tea is also a good source of vitamin C. To make tea, just do the following:

Ingredients:
  1. 250 ml of water
  2. 2 teaspoons fresh or 2 teaspoons dried sea buckthorn berries
  3. possibly 1 teaspoon honey, also yacon syrup or another natural sweetener
Preparation:
  1. Bring the sea buckthorn berries to the boil briefly together with the water.
  2. Take the tea off the stove and let it steep for 8 minutes, covered.
  3. You can then sweeten the tea as you wish.

Sea buckthorn fruits are often mixed with other medicinal plants such as B. rose hip, ginger, coltsfoot, thyme or sage combined. In any case, pay attention to organic or pharmaceutical quality. The latter guarantees certain amounts of active ingredients in the respective medicinal plant.

An antioxidant powerhouse

According to a study at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , sea buckthorn berries are among the most antioxidant medicines in the world. In addition to the astonishingly high vitamin content, the bright berries shine due to numerous secondary plant substances, including the carotenoids.

The carotenoids

The average carotenoid content is a fantastic 100 milligrams per 100 grams of the colorful berries. In comparison, orange-colored carrots contain only half – and that when they are among the foods richest in carotenoids. Beta carotene is one of the most important carotenoids. It is called provitamin A because it can be converted into vitamin A in the body – the vitamin that is responsible for healthy eyes, bones and mucous membranes. You can find more information under: The effect of beta-carotene .

Sea buckthorn berries also contain other carotenoids such as alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin, which also act as provitamin A. Carotenoids in their entirety have an incredible number of health benefits to offer, as they have an antioxidant effect and e.g. B. can prevent heart disease, stroke, eye diseases, dementia and cancer.

The flavonoids

In addition, sea buckthorn berries contain lots of flavonoids such as rutin, quercetin and kaempferol. In nutritional tables one searches in vain for the flavonoids and there is hardly any information on flavonoid intake in humans.

According to a Bavarian sub-collective of the National Consumption Study, adults only take in an average of 54 milligrams of flavonoids per day. Now it is really clear how useful it is to use sea buckthorn products more often. Because in just 100 milliliters of sea buckthorn juice, the flavonoid content is 118 milligrams.

Various studies have shown that higher flavonoid intake, for example, lowers mortality from cardiovascular diseases. This happens among other things because the flow properties of the blood are improved. It flows more easily through the blood vessels, the risk of clot formation is reduced and the risk of heart attack, stroke and thrombosis is reduced.

Sea buckthorn oil: two oils from one fruit

With sea buckthorn berries or juice you can of course also consume some of the sea buckthorn oil. However, the quantities are small. Therefore, if you want to try the sea buckthorn oil (Oleum Hippophae) pure, it is already available in stores. It is not only a valuable source of fatty acids, but – like the berries themselves – particularly rich in valuable micronutrients and secondary plant substances such as the carotenoids and flavonoids just discussed.

Sea buckthorn oil is obtained from both the pulp and the kernels by cold pressing and centrifugation. There are therefore two different sea buckthorn oils, which, according to a comprehensive overview study published in 2017 at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), have many similarities but also differences in terms of ingredients.

Both of these are medicinal oils that contain a lot of vitamin E – around 20 milligrams per 10 milliliters of oil. This already corresponds to 140 percent of the recommended daily dose!

We have already discussed the different fatty acid compositions of the kernels and the pulp in detail, but there are further differences:

  1. The sea buckthorn oil has compared to seed oil in the lead. It is particularly rich in carotenoids, which is shown by its orange color. While 10 milliliters of pulp oil contain around 30 milligrams of carotenoids, seed oil only contains around 2 milligrams.
  2. The sea ​​buckthorn kernel oil , on the other hand, is yellow in color, tastes less sour and, according to the aforementioned study at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, contains more vitamin K, namely around 20 milligrams per 10 milliliters of oil. With pulp oil, it is only about 5 milligrams. But this amount would be enough to meet the RDA to 7,000 percent!

In addition, there is sea buckthorn oil, which is obtained from the kernels AND the pulp and consequently combines the properties of the whole berry. Sea buckthorn residue oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the residues after the first pressing and is therefore less high quality, but cheaper.

Sea buckthorn oil for stomach ailments: internal use

In traditional medicine – for example in Russia and China – sea buckthorn oil is used in a wide variety of diseases due to its immune-strengthening, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and wound healing properties, e.g. B. laryngitis and digestive system diseases applied.

If sea buckthorn oil is taken orally, it covers the mucous membranes like a film and can be helpful for treating heartburn, gastritis and stomach ulcers, for example. The dose recommended by alternative practitioners is 20 drops 1 to 3 times a day.

When using it internally, keep in mind that sea buckthorn oil has not yet been officially medically assessed and is therefore only available as a food or dietary supplement. But sea buckthorn oil is primarily used externally.

Sea buckthorn oil for your skin

Researchers from the Adam Mickiewicz University just mentioned took a very close look at sea buckthorn oil and found that it contains around 200 bioactive substances and benefits skin health in many ways. The balanced composition of the fatty acids, vitamins and secondary plant substances it contains ensures that sea buckthorn oil does its job well on dry and flaky skin and counteracts skin aging.

Omega-6 and omega-7 fatty acids have repair properties and contribute to the regeneration of the skin. The sea buckthorn oil even penetrates the deeper layers of the epidermis, stimulates blood circulation, thus promoting the oxygen supply to the skin and removing toxins. Gamma-linolenic acid – an omega-6 fatty acid – works against inflammation and infections of the skin and prevents allergies. In addition, sea buckthorn oil contains phytosterols that have anti-inflammatory properties and have a stabilizing effect on the skin’s barrier function.

Sea buckthorn oil has a very special status as a helpful companion for patients in radiation therapy. The valuable oil can be used internally to prevent radiation damage as well as externally after irradiation for wound healing and skin regeneration.

External use

Whether for wound healing, for burns, as an anti-aging agent or for chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis or neurodermatitis: You can apply sea buckthorn oil to the skin undiluted. Simply apply about 3 drops of the oil 2 to 3 times a day to the affected skin areas and massage it in gently.

An oil dressing with sea buckthorn oil can be useful for injuries and burns. Put 40 to 50 drops of the oil on a compress and set it in place. The oil dressing remains on the affected part of the body for 8 to 10 hours – preferably overnight.

Sea buckthorn oil can also be mixed with other oils to optimize its healing properties. For example, a mixture of 80 percent sea buckthorn kernel oil and 20 percent St. John’s wort oil has proven itself in dry neurodermatitis.

Please note that sea buckthorn pulp oil can color the skin orange due to its high content of carotenoids.

Buy sea buckthorn oil or make it yourself

You should only buy high quality sea buckthorn oil, ideally directly from a sea buckthorn producer. Pay attention to 100 percent natural, cold-pressed and undiluted oil without additives, which comes from controlled organic cultivation. Often there are mixed oils on the market which, in addition to sea buckthorn oil, also contain high proportions of z. B. from sunflower oil.

Sea buckthorn pulp oil can cost around 30 euros per 100 ml. The seed oil comes to 60 euros per 100 ml, but is used in smaller units of z. B. 20 ml offered.

To make sea buckthorn oil at home, you would need an electric oil press. An alternative could be an oil extract. But of course this is not pure sea buckthorn oil either. It is made as follows:

  1. Grind dried sea buckthorn berries in a suitable grinder or blender.
  2. Put the mixture in a sealable glass vessel and pour a 1: 2 ratio (1 part ground berries and 2 parts vegetable oil) over it with cold-pressed vegetable oil, e.g. sunflower oil.
  3. Make absolutely sure that the parts of the plant are always completely covered with the oil.
  4. Leave the sealed jar in a warm place for 14 days, stir again and again and then carefully strain off the sea buckthorn oil.Squeeze out the porridge soaked with oil very well.
  5. Fill the oil into small, dark bottles and do not forget to label them.

Storage: So that your precious sea buckthorn oil does not lose its aroma or effectiveness, you should store it in a cool place, protected from light. When in doubt, put it in the refrigerator.

* You can find organic sea buckthorn vital juice with a high content of vitamin C here under this link.

Preferably organic sea buckthorn

For millennia, sea buckthorn berries have been collected exclusively from the wild, but there are now more and more growing areas with cultivated plants. Today the sea buckthorn thrives on around three million hectares worldwide. The largest producers are China, where 2.5 million hectares are planted with sea buckthorn, Mongolia, India and Pakistan. However, the plants are also cultivated on a small scale in France, Italy and German-speaking countries.

Since the sea buckthorn has low demands on the soil and is almost allergic to pesticides, especially at a young age, fertilizers and pesticides can be largely or completely dispensed with. In addition, sea buckthorn is usually not grown on a large scale in Europe, which is why many sea buckthorn farmers opt for organic cultivation anyway.

 

With regard to conventionally grown goji berries from China, the Stuttgart Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office even detected alarmingly high residues of pesticides in 13 of 14 samples in 2010. These analyzes suggest that in China the sea buckthorn is not spared from the chemical club, which of course has an enormous effect on the quality. You should therefore always use organic products when shopping, ideally from your or a neighboring region!

Sea buckthorn berries from our own garden

You can also bring the sea buckthorn into your own garden. The undemanding plant only needs a lot of light and a deep soil. A heavy clay soil must be sufficiently loosened with sand before planting. Except for the first year after planting, the sea buckthorn does not need to be watered. He also does not need fertilizers.

In the ground, however, the sea buckthorn takes up a lot of space (12 meters in all directions), as it develops an extensive root system, which displaces neighboring plants. A root barrier is therefore recommended in small gardens. In addition, only the female plants bear fruit – and only if a sea buckthorn man is nearby. Five female shrubs need at least one male plant for reproduction to work really well.

The sea buckthorn harvest

The sour fruits linger on the branches even in winter, but the best time to harvest is usually in September. The harvest is quite laborious, as the pressure-sensitive berries are difficult to remove from the branches and the thorns are not without. This explains why it takes 1,500 people in China to harvest one hectare by hand.

There is a trick to make it easier: cut off the berry-bearing branches, cut into small pieces and freeze. Then the berries can be z. B. knock off the branches with a wooden spoon. However, if everyone did this, then there might be no more sea buckthorn berries in the next year because the bushes do not tolerate heavy prunings. We therefore strongly advise against this harvesting method for wild harvesting. And you should only do this every other year in your own garden.

We also recommend that you do NOT pick the sea buckthorn in nature if possible! Because if everyone went out and collected sea buckthorn, all the wildlife and birds that rely on the sea buckthorn would end up empty-handed. It is therefore better to buy sea buckthorn products in stores.

If you have harvested berries in your own garden, leave a part of the bush here for the birds. Since the quality of the fresh berries quickly deteriorates, you should consume them, freeze them, dry them or process them into juice, oil or jam as quickly as possible.

The sea buckthorn in the kitchen

Sea buckthorn fruits have a sour, slightly tart taste and a particularly delicate, fruity aroma that is somewhat reminiscent of a pineapple, which explains the sometimes used term “Siberian pineapple”. Basically, sea buckthorn berries go well with any dish that can handle a helping of acid. The delicious fruits are primarily associated with desserts such as cakes, jams or compotes, but they can also be prepared very heartily.

Both the fresh and dried berries and the sea buckthorn juice are ideal for blessing muesli, fruit salad or smoothies with a special vitamin kick. In addition, sea buckthorn berries and sea buckthorn juice give green leaf salads, sauces, soups and vegetable stews, millet and rice dishes or oriental couscous a very special touch. Sea buckthorn berries harmonize with all kinds of spices, whether with cinnamon, vanilla, thyme or turmeric and chilli.

The valuable sea buckthorn oil can be used, for example, to prepare a delicious salad dressing or to spice up warm dishes. The pulp oil is recommended for use in the kitchen, as the seed oil has a very neutral taste. It is important never to heat the oil.

* You can find organic sea buckthorn vital juice with a high content of vitamin C here under this link.

A recipe for a particularly tasty power shake with sea buckthorn berries can be found under the link above.

We wish you a lot of inspiration when creating new sea buckthorn recipes and an unforgettable taste experience!

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