A new favorite berry plant of mine is the seaberry, Hippophae rhamnoides also called sea-buckthorn. The seed catalog where I purchased mine from, One Green World, enticed me with tidbits like “Grow your own orange juice” and “improves the soil”. I purchased three plants from them three years ago. I purchased two female and one male plant because they are dioecious. Although I didn’t see any flowers on the two female plants early on this spring/summer, I was surprised to find berries mid-August. One drawback with this plant is the huge thorns which makes harvesting difficult. Further research will be conducted in locating less hazardous harvesting methods. I discovered another internet site with some interesting information which shares growing information and health benefits, The Sea Buckthorn Insider. I’m amazed at the versatility of this plant.
One Green World. 2014. Seaberry. Available online: https://www.onegreenworld.com/Sea%20Berry/397/ . Accessed 25 September 2015.
The Sea Buckthorn Insider. 2014. Sea-buckthorn trees. http://www.seabuckthorninsider.com/education/sea-buckthorns-trees/ . Accessed 25 September 2015.
We are slowly incorporating as many types of edible plants into our yard as we can. One of our newest editions is our three seaberry bushes. We purchased two female plants and one male plant because this species is dioecious. Seaberries are sometimes called Sea-buckthorn with the botanical name of Hippophae rhamnoides. I was intrigued after reading in a One Green World seed catalog enticing tidbits such as “very high in vitamin C” and “extremely hardy.” This is the second year for ours in the ground and were pleasantly surprised to find berries on them in August. A little bit of internet research led me to this interesting site with a lot of information on the Sea-buckthorn: http://www.seabuckthorninsider.com/. A few things mentioned on this side are the seeming multitude of health benefits as well as growing and harvesting techniques. All in all, I think these three plants are an interesting addition to our Alaskan micro-habitat.
One Green World. 2014. Seaberry. https://www.onegreenworld.com/Sea%20Berry/397/. Accessed online 25 September 2015.
Sea-Buckthorn Insider. 2014. Sea-Buckthorn trees. http://www.seabuckthorninsider.com/education/sea-buckthorns-trees/. Accessed online 25 September 2015.