Everything you need to know about sea-buckthorn

Consumer products

Both the berries and leaves of sea-buckthorn are used to manufacture various products The food products include: Sea-buckthorn juice, oil, jam, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages such as sea-buckthorn wine and vodka; breakfast cereals, powder, rice pops; sea-buckthorn juice powder, toffees, biscuits; candies, gums, and fruit chews; cosmetic products such as sea-buckthorn facial cream and shampoo.

Sea-buckthorn Tea The sea-buckthorn leaves can be used to make sea-buckthorn tea.

When the berries are pressed, the resulting sea-buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange colour cream; in the middle, a layer containing sea-buckthorn's characteristic high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is sediment and juice.

Containing fat sources applicable for cosmetic purposes, the upper two layers can be processed for skin creams and liniments, whereas the bottom layer can be used for edible products.

Sea-buckthorn fruit can be used to make pies, jams, squashes, lotions, liquors, etc.

The juice or pulp has other potential applications in foods or beverages. For example, in Finland, it is used as a nutritional ingredient in baby food.

Fruit drinks were among the earliest sea-buckthorn products developed in China. Sea-buckthorn based juice is popular in Germany and Scandinavian countries.

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