Standardized: sea buckthorn
Hippophae rhamnoides L.
Plant Family: Elaeagnaceae
This thorny shrub can be found growing on mountain slopes and along riverbanks and seashores. The silver-green leaves are accompanied by yellowish-green flowers that turn into orange berry sized fruits. Native to Asia and Europe, it has been planted throughout China and Russia to aid in erosion control and water conservation. Legends written about sea buckthorn come to us from the Ancient Greeks to Genghis Khan. Most include sick and injured horses being left in the wild, and being discovered later as healthy, strong horses running around. Upon further investigation it was discover that the horses have been surviving on the leaves, twigs, and berries of the sea buckthorn plant. This also leads to the Latin name Hippophae meaning "shining horse".
The fruit, seeds, and oil have culinary, medicinal, and skin care benefits. The leaves and twigs are used medicinally.
Difficult to harvest by hand, this "superfruit" is usually shaken off of the branches after a freeze. Once harvested the fruit may be utilized whole, dried and powered, or pressed into oil. The ripe fruit is very bitter, and has a passionfruit-like flavor once sweetened.
Traditionally used as a staple throughout Chinese and Tibetan medicines. Preparations of the fruit and seeds cover a wide variety of applications. Considered a "superfruit"; the berry is becoming widely popular as a general skin healing and overall health boosting botanical.
Specific: No known precautions.
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