Walking along the lovely shores of the old mining town of Weymss on the Frith of Forth , we stumbled across SEABUCKTHORNS!
Also known as Hippophae rhamnoides, Sea Berries, Ananas de Sibérie or Sand Thorn.
This was an important medicinal plant used in Ayervedic medicine and traditionally across Siberia, Mongolia, and China.
The name 'Hippophae' means shiny horse, and refers to the good coat developed by horses feeding off the plant!
According to legend, Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferred food of the mythical winged horse Pegasus. In the 13th century, Genghis Khan, creddited Sea Buckthorn with giving his armies incredible strength and endurance
It is called the "Holy Fruit" of the Himalaylas where it grows in the Spiti Valley
And Golly, was I ever greatfull to find it this day, as we had set on on an adventure, without packing a lunch, as well as battling some winter cold symptoms. This magical plant gave us just the zest n vitality we needed!
and wow ! OMMMMM YuMMMMM
so bursting with tang !
due to its protein building amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. The fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids, too. Its a power house of nutrients!
Thanks to a local Herbal Enthusiuast Benny, ( who made 15 litres of this juice!) I was shown how to properly harvest the berries without getting too poked. (theres a reason its called Seabuck THORN.) There are spiny branches that protect the super potent berries, that are ready to burst!
I wished I could have eliminated my fingers and just put my face under the bush and let the berries fall in my mouth....but it was just too poky!
the berries burst as soon as you touch them , so there is a technique of "milking" where you squeeze the branch with the berries, and you catch the juice with a bucket.
an other option would be to cut the branches, and freeze them, allowing you to then collect the whole berry, skin and seed.
the entire plant is medicinal , but in this winter season, we were just collecting the berries as the leaves had already fallen......
and here you have an amazzzzzing cold and flu winter tonic , immune boosting , anti oxidant rich beverage !
if you have no access to a harvest yourself , here is a link to a beautiful ethical company selling the juice ~ bless!