Sea buckthorn-healthy fruits for winter

The sea buckthorns (Hippophae rhamnoides) are attractive small shrubs. In autumn the sea buckthorn plant bears clusters of golden-orange fruits, juicy berries which provide vitamin C, vitamin E, flavonoids, oils rich in essential fatty acids, and other healthful components.
Sea buckthorn has been used for centuries in both Europe and Asia for food; in Europe, the sour, flavorful fruit is sweetened and its orange-passion-fruit-like flavor makes fine sauces, jellies and a base for liqueurs. Blended with other fruits, it makes a delicious juice.
It is likely the most widely grown, northern hardy, fruiting plant in the world, but most Americans have never heard of it.
Sea buckthorn shrubs

Sea buckthorn oil

is produced from the fruits and seeds and is incorporated into cosmetic products, drugs and skin lotions.
The essential oil extracts from the so called "super fruit" berries are used in alternative medicine, dietary supplements and anti-aging products.
Sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn tea

is recommended in cases of diarrhea, rheumatism, skin diseases, and nettle rash.
It is obtained by putting two spoons of mashed fruits into 500ml boiled water. After leaving the pot covered for about 30 minutes its content is passed through a sieve.
Tea can be made from leaves too.

Country road in autumnHere by us sea buckthorn grows wild. The berries can be harvested by hand but I am happy with just taking the photos. The fruit are strongly attached, and are not easily stripped from the branches and the thorns are really sharp.

Today's photo session being over
"Country road take me home"~♫
This will be a long walk.


Erwin said...

It looks as if there is a very blue sky ! Is this Romania ? If it is I twice visited the country when I was a small child in the 1970's. (Brasov, Tusnad Baï ...)
Nice pictures , great skywatching !!


eileeninmd said...

Wonderful skywatch photos, very interesting post about the berries.

christina said...

The last picture is wonderful!! The blue sky and the colour of the threes!!

L. Neusiedler said...

salut, Maia! the photos are great! where did you take them?

syel said...

informative post, though its the first time i've seen this kind of fruit. and, i like the last photo. lovely composition.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Gorgeous pictures! What a wonderful colors!

catcent said...

Merci pour l'explication de ce fruit,je vais voir si on en recoit au Québec des fois. De très belle couleurs bye Maia A+

April said...

The berries on this shrub look lovely and colourful. Very interesting and pretty SW post!

Janie said...

Interesting to hear about this plant and its uses. The red-orange berries are beautiful against the sky.

Louise said...

I have never heard of these--so interesting. I'm thinking the sauce from them would have to be delectable!

Clueless in Boston said...

Nice sky pictures and very interesting info about the sea buckthorns.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

You have a great blog and wonderful photo skills.

Linnea said...

It's amazing how many uses and remedies plants and berries have. We just need to take the time to learn about them. Thanks for the info; I'd never heard of this bush before. Looks like you had a nice walk while you were shooting pix. Thanks for visiting my SWF.

Glennis said...

The buckthorn berries look interesting, we don't have them in New Zealand.

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