Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn

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Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn

The fruit of the common sea buckthorn is a wonderberry, prized for its rich medicinal properties. Read on to learn more about Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn.

The fruit is high in polyunsaturated oils and carotene and contains 1.2 times as much vitamin C as oranges; you can almost taste it in the juice, busting with antioxidants.

Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn
In Scandinavia Sea buckthorn grows primarily on dry, windy ground in coasted areas and is tolerant of salt spray from the sea. Photo: Wikipedia

How it grows

Common sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides ) is found all over Europe and right across Asia as far as China. In Scandinavia it grows primarily on dry, windy ground in coasted areas and is tolerant of salt spray from the sea. It is called tindved in Norwegian and havtorn in Denmark and Sweden.

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Sea buckthorn bushes are huge, resembling olive trees, with silvery green leaves and masses of bright orange berries in autumn. The sprays of berry-laden branches are a flower-arranger’s dream. There are male and female plants (the latter bearing the berries) so if you grow sea buckthorn, you will need both to get the berries.

Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn
The easiest,way of harvesting the berries is to cut the berry-laden stems and put them in the freezer. Photo: Solberg & Hansen

Sea buckthorn berries are the most time-consuming and difficult berry to pick: the berries do not drop off willingly and the ripe berries are very soft. The ‘thorn’ in the plant’s name is no joke. The easiest, but rather destructive way of harvesting the berries is to cut the berry-laden stems and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, the berries come tattling off.

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Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn
With their smooth, golden skin, they look great too. Illustration: Norsk flora

Appearance and taste

Health-giving though they are, the best thing about sea buckthorn berries is their astringent but interesting fruity taste. With their smooth, golden skin, they look great too.

Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn
Tindved cake. Photo Dypryst as
Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn
Tindved Date. Photo: appetitt.no

Culinary uses

The berries make a lovely, rich, almost tropical tasting jam and cordial, and are even finding their way into baby food. You can make the jam just as you would raspberry jam. You can also use the berries to flavor schnapps by steeping them in the unflavored spirit for a couple of months, then diluting to taste when serving. The berries are very good in cream, and in sauces for fish and venison.

Scandinavian Sea Buckthorn, written by Tor Kjolberg

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Journalist, PR and marketing consultant Tor Kjolberg has several degrees in marketing management. He started out as a marketing manager in Scandinavian companies and his last engagement before going solo was as director in one of Norway’s largest corporations. Tor realized early on that writing engaging stories was more efficient and far cheaper than paying for ads. He wrote hundreds of articles on products and services offered by the companies he worked for. Thus, he was attuned to the fact that storytelling was his passion.

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