Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Vera, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Vera

    Vera Well-Known Member

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    I'm wondering if any of our homesteaders here have experience with and access to sea buckthorn. It's an introduced species which is apparently now becoming a "new crop opportunity" in the US.

    Here's a link to pictures: http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&lr=&q=Hippophae rhamnoides&btnG=Search&sa=N&tab=wi

    And here's a link to an article: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1999/v4-335.html

    It's also called seaberry. I grew up in Germany and remember this stuff... although the German name for it is "Sanddorn" (sand thorn), it doesn't only grow in sandy soil and/or near the sea shore (I lived far from that). The berries are made into a sort of jam which is absolutely delicious and very healthy stuff to eat - better than rosehip jam. Apparently it's also being cultivated in Siberia, so I'd think that it wouldn't be completely off-base to try it here in northern Minnesota.

    Any ideas about this, anybody?
     
  2. boolandk

    boolandk Well-Known Member

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    I've been thinking about planting a few for awhile. I've seen them in a few seed catalogs including Jung's. If they can grow them in Siberia they certainly should grow in the states. I read somewhere that the juice from the fruit tastes somewhat like orange juice. I would give them a try.