We often get asked whether Sea Buckthorn berries are edible. The answer is yes!
In fact, Sea Buckthorn berries are extremely healthy. They contain fatty acids, including Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9; Vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B9 (Folic Acid), C & E; Carotenoids, including Lycopene; Carotenes, including Beta-carotene; Protein; 18 Amino Acids; Phytosterols, including β-Sitosterol; Organic acids; Tocopherols; Tocotrienols; Minerals; and Flavonoids, including Quercetin. And with all these nutrients, it’s no surprise that the berries offer numerous health benefits—they have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, promote healthy skin and hair, support the immune system, promote good cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health, are traditionally used in the treatment of mouth, stomach and duodenal ulcers, and they support and soothe skin and mucous membranes, including those found in the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracks.
So they’re good for you…but what do these healthful little orange berries taste like? Well, if you’ve ever tasted a Sea Buckthorn berry, you know that there’s a lot of flavour packed into each berry. And you know that those berries are very, very tart! In fact, aside from their bright orange colour and powerful nutritive profile, Sea Buckthorn berries are probably best known for their tartness. Interestingly, though all Sea Buckthorn berries are quite tart, the flavour of the berries actually varies quite a bit depending on the plant varietal. For example, some varietals, such as Raisa or Indian Summer, produce extremely tart berries. Others produce much larger, juicier, and significantly sweeter berries.
And where can you taste some Sea Buckthorn berries? Well, at our Mont Echo Boutique in Knowlton, though our focus is on our Mont Echo Bath & Body skincare products (which we create using our own Sea Buckthorn fruit and seed oils), we do offer some tasty Sea Buckthorn gourmet goods, including Sea Buckthorn and Strawberry jam, Sea Buckthorn chutney, Sea Buckthorn chocolates, Sea Buckthorn sorbet, some baked goods, and even some Sea Buckthorn vinegars, in order to enable visitors to taste the fruit. All our gourmet goods are made with our own locally-grown fruit.
And during our Harvest Festival in the end of August, we’ll be partnering with some restaurants and cafes in our area to enable more people to discover the taste of Sea Buckthorn. We are providing berries and/or juice to several local restaurants in Knowlton, including Bistro Sasta, The Relais, Le Chianti, Star Café, and L’Epicurieux, to enable each to develop and serve a special menu item featuring our locally-grown Sea Buckthorn during the week of our Harvest Festival (August 21-29 2010). We’ll be posting the list of participating restaurants and their Sea Buckthorn menu items on our website and in-store at the start of Harvest Festival.
And don’t forget, as part of our Harvest Festival, we’re also offering tours of one of our orchards in Sutton (just a 10-15 minute drive from our Boutique in Knowlton), where visitors will have a chance to see mature, fruiting trees. And on select tours, visitors will be able pick some fruit to take home and use to create their own culinary masterpieces!