This shrub-like plant, with branches that are almost completely covered in small bunches of impossibly brilliant orange berries, grows in Dr. Michael Biand’s farm outside of Grand Falls-Windsor. The plant was introduced, 8 years ago, into the Newfoundland soil, not only flourishing on the land, but thriving in the salt water air, air that wafts in from the Atlantic. The SeaBuckthornBerry has been harvested in other parts of our planet; Himalayas, Northern China, even Siberia.
The nutrients of this berry, when frozen and then made into juice, contain high levels of Vitamin C, Carotene and Vitamn E. It is not unlike the cranberry. Once, the cranberry, was only witnessed in a sauce boat , at a celebratory turkey dinner. Do you remember seeing bottles of cranberry juice placed at patient’s bedside tables, on Urology Floors, in hospitals? It has taken 50 years for the cranberry to go from VAGUE TO VOGUE; t o be metamorphosed into our daily diet as an NB food group.
The Seabuckthorn Berry, has a similar tart taste, like the Cranberry.
There’s a healthfood-bin shop in GFW, that stocks it’s freezer with bags of this orange berry. In November 2011, an artist friend of mine and I were trudging through linear groves of trees , at the nearby conservation area, hence the photo. I was only interested it the berry’s color, as an art form. This February 2012, I found out more NB information about the Seabuckthorn Berry.
Have a good February 26th, 2012