Sea Buckthorn

sea buckthorn

Hippophae rhamnoides

We first picked the berries for this flavour on a magnificantly clear and calm October day, at an idyllic beach on East Lothian. We had gone to find some waves to continue our family quest to learn to surf, and thwarted (as so often seems to happen to us) by the flat sea, we spent a wonderful afternoon on the beach, with very good friends, just walking, chatting, reading the papers. Sea buckthorn is an amazing plant that we first became aware of in Nepal, where its berries were renowned as having more Vitamin C than any other fruit and where it was a valuable plant for feeding goats as it grows at a very high altitude. We were amazed to find that it grows so well in a coastal sandy environment here in the UK – so different ecologically from the Himalayan mountains. However, its berry is as sour and as Vitamin C rich here as it was there. It has a really strong ‘tropical’ flavour to it that persists when cooked. Looking up Sea Buckthorn on Wikipedia I was amazed to read that it is now classed as a superfood due to its high levels of anti-oxidants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_buckthorn)