On a trip to south western coast of Finland we jumped into a car and drove to rocky islands where wild sea buckthorn grows. This type of dry, rocky coast is ideal ground for sea buckthorn to grow as in terms of the soil the berry bushes are not particularly demanding, but they do need a lot of sunlight to bloom.
Sea buckthorn is not the easiest berry to pick! The bright orange berries are tightly attached on the branches, and the sharp, 2-3 cm long hard spikes may surprise an unwary picker. Apparently the best way to pick sea buckthorn is to leave a bucket under a branch and use scissors or pliers to cut the berries off the branches.
The taste of fresh sea buckthorn is quite... Sharp. And bitter, but still fresh at the same time. That is why powdered texture gives sea buckthorn an enjoyable way of eating as it smoothes the taste and it makes it simple for us to add sea buckthorn in our food and snacks.
Let's recap the incredible health benefits of sea buckthorn:
- Rich in essential vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E & K as well as antioxidants, minerals and carotenoids.
- Vitamin C content of the berry is seen to be extremely high, over 10 times higher than in oranges. The content of vitamin E is also higher compared to any other berry.
- Contains omega fatty acids 3, 6, 7 & 9 that support digestive system, have a positive effect on skin, hair and nervous system functioning
- Because of the anti-aging properties, sea buckthorn is widely used in skincare. For direct healing it can be used on wounds, burns, cuts or any kind of skin damage.
- Medicine uses sea buckthorn because of the powerful, multi-purpose nutritional content of the berry.
- Sea buckthorn also contains necessary micronutrients such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium.