Dried, Whole Berries
***** 1 cup = 3 oz *****
Seabuckthorn is a spiny, silver leaved, deciduous shrub in the Elaegnaceae family, which thrives in sandy soil, on fixed dunes and sea cliffs, from Europe, over Russia, to Central Asia.
Ripe Seabuckthorn berries on a bush
Our Seabuckthorn berries are sourced from plants growing wild on the slopes of remote Pamir Mountains in Central Asia, which are part of the Himalaya mountain range, the roof of the world, far away from civilization, in an area once crossed by the ancient Great Silk Road.
The ripe berries are carefully picked off the thorny bushes by hand, washed, and dried in an environmentally friendly solar drying facility immediately afterwards.
*** It takes 2 pounds of fresh berries, to produce 3 ounces of dried berries.***
The word Hippophae has been derived from the Latin word ‘Hippo’ meaning horse and ‘Phaos’ which means ‘shine’.
Seabuckthorn leaves and twigs were used to feed animals for weight gain and shining coat, especially in horses.
Mongolian horse men, considered the best in the world, whose culture centers around the horse, feed their highly treasured horses Seabuckthorn leaves,
a habit which has enabled the 13th century warrior Genghis Khan and his marauding Mongolian horse men his global exploration,
build upon the legendary strength of their horses.
Horsemen and their yurts, in a Pamir Mountain scene, watercolor by E. Chapman.
The bright orange, vitamin rich Seabuckthorn berries have been traditionally used as a source of herbal medicines, health food
and natural skin care in the countries where the shrub is native to.
In the contemporary health food industry the berries are known as a superfood high in anti-oxidants ,
and many cosmetic and food products containing berries are offered for their cell healing properties.
Seabuckthorn berries contain:
Tocopherols, Carotenoids, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Phytosterols, Polyphenolics, Polyunsaturated fatty acids,
Organic acids, Coumarins, Triterpenes and Zinc
The wild berries have shown to have a significantly higher Omega 7 fatty acids (a potent Omega fatty acid for cellular support) and B 12 (rare in plants) content that berries harvested from cultivated shrubs.
Orange colored oil pressed from Seabuckthorn fruit flesh and seeds is traditionally used in natural medicine
to aid skin healing and scar reduction of burn victims in countries such as Russia, where the shrub thrives wild.
Syrup made from the berries is a common household remedy in Germany, commercially readily available in health food stores,
used to speed up recuperation from colds, influenza, and to improve general convalescence.
The tangy, uniquely flavored berries can be eaten raw, or used in food and drink preparations:
- simmer berries on a low flame in water, apple cider or wine
- add to broths, or stews
- add to jam, jelly, marmalade, and fruit paste
- add to cereals, granola, muesli
- include in baked goods, desserts, puddings
- add to any slow cooking dishes, such as meat roasts, vegetable stews, or legumes/pulses
- Infuse berries in vegetable oils, or vinegars, for salads or cooking
- creative tangy+sweet chutneys and salsasInfuse in alcohol and sugar to create a cocktail ingredient
- Infuse in sugar or salt for a culinary ingredient
- Infuse berries in vegetable oils, or vinegars to create skincare product ingredients
An oil painting by Karl Hennemann
of Seabuckthorn bushes loaded with bright orange berries,
growing wild along the sea shore.
~ Our Seabuckthorn berries are top quality, highly aromatic, food grade berries, which still contain a large amount of oil ~
* Store inside a sealed glass jar, away from light and moisture, in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer *
Berries Contain Hard Seeds
| Consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products particularly if you are pregnant, nursing or on any medication.
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