Sea buckthorn- what do you do with berries and seeds?

My sea buckthorn 

My sea buckthorn (hippophae  rhaminoides) bush has grown into a real beauty and this is the first year that I have so many berries. I have managed to obtain Friesdorfer Orange - a monoecious plant - the one that has male and female blossoms and I do not have to have two plants. 

Well the berries are there, but it is quite tricky to pick them without squashing. This I managed, although not easily. 

I know the berries and especially the seed oil are extremely healthy. That is why I obtained the bush. But the berries are sour and the seeds are hard. 

For the time being I add berries to my yogurt, eat them raw, pressed out juice with flesh and mixed with honey. Delicious! 

What else? Do you have any recipes? Or do you have a magic way of harvesting them  some easy way?

Do share! Half of my bush is still full of berries. 


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,407 admin

    I did not know that there was a monoecious sea buckthorn. I will have to do some research and see if I can find a varietal here.

    I tried sea buckthorn a few years ago but I blame the terrible location I chose and the lack of water for them not succeeding. I would like to try again.

  • jowitt.europe
    jowitt.europe Posts: 1,349 admin

    @torey it is a very robust plant and can stand our winters very well. I believe, it needs sun, but the soil, where it grows is poor and it does not get much water. It spreads. I have already seen a few new bushes growing at 0,5 meter distance.