Buckthorn Berries aka Sea Berry

Health Benefits and Recipes for Sea Berries

Sea berry is a little known European Berry. It is very hardy and grows on almost any soil type.

Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn

Sea buckthorns aka sea berries are one of natures wonder foods. In recent years the culinary trend has been towards a healthier diet that contributes to our longevity and quality of life. Many super foods have been revealed, goji berries, acai berry, turmeric, ginger and so on. All have some remarkable beneficial properties.

Sea buckthorns are largely over looked, but they are right up there with goji and acai berry so far as there hardy healthfulness is concerned. Oils from the sea berry are helpful against asthma and angina, it also reduces cholesterol. It has a very high vitamin C content [10 X more than citrus] as well as other antioxidants. It contributes vastly in boosting the immune system. It also has elevated levels of vitamins A and E, beta carotene, amino acids, minerals such as Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, iron, and fatty acids.

Using Sea Buckthorn

Eaten as is ... well it's doesn't taste bad, no to me anyway, but then again I'm one of those nuts who likes to suck on raw lemons. For those of you who prefer your treats to be be a tad less tart there are many ways to sweeten the sea berry pot. Sea berries can also be blended into other recipes, Europeans use sea berry juice as a substitute for Orange Juice and juicing the sea berry works well in multiple recipes.

Sea Buckthorn Juice tastes awesome when blended with honey. There's a recipe on hub pages - Sea buckthorn recipe for immunity boosting .

Another I have enjoyed from time to time is a blend of Sea Buckthorn and carrots blended and / or juiced together at a 2 to 1 ratio [2 oz Carrots per ounce of sea berries]. The carrots should be sweet and tender, preferably baby carrots. The natural sugars of the carrot outweighs the astringency of the berries and creates a marvelously healthy and tasty liquid confection.

Buckthorn Berry Jelly

If you're one who enjoys making preserves such as jam and jelly you will like Buckthorn Jelly. It requires a little more labor than most of the recipes we post, but its well worth it.

Place 2 Cups of berries that have been rinsed of any exterior residue from the harvest in a pot and cover with water. Not so much water that the berries are floating freely, just enough to cover them with a few popping up over the waters surface.

Boil for about 10 minutes, till the berries are tender, but have not disintegrated into liquid. After turning off the heat allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes to a half hour at most. It should still be warm and will have taken on a mild syrupy texture.

Strain it with a sieve or similar tool and add 3 Tbsp. Honey, 2 cups sugar [organic is best] 1/2 pkg. powdered pectin. Bring to roiling boil and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Boil hard for a minute. The Honey is optional, if you choose not to add the honey add an extra 1/2 cup of sugar. If you use a strong-flavored honey, the honey flavor will predominate. preferably you should use a light honey such as clover honey.

More Sea Buckthorn Recipes

Sea Berry Smoothie        Sea Buckthorn Rice Pudding        Sea Berry Sorbet