Seabuckthorn has been grown in Canada both for its esthetic purposes (an excellent landscape plant) and ability to block wind and help conserve soil.(see AAFC information on shelterbelt planning) After almost 30 years of research and development at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), this shrub is looking to come out of the field and into the supermarket.
Bill Schroeder, Researcher at AAFC’s Agroforestry Development Centre in Indian Head, Saskatchewan is the recognized North American expert on this budding bush and the first scientist to initiate a comprehensive seabuckthorn research program. The Agroforestry Development Centre has the only North American bred cultivars available, which has been instrumental in the development of the Canadian seabuckthorn industry.
Special to the seabuckthorn is the suite of fatty acids found in fruit and seed oils, at concentrations as high as 35 per cent. This is one of the few plants to provide balanced concentrations of essential fatty acids and oils which are good for human health.
The peel of the stem and fruit contains 5-HT (5- hydroxytryptamine), a rare occurrence in the plant kingdom. The 5-HT existing in a free or grouped state can act as a neurotransmitter and regulate human emotion.
Seabuckthorn holds some of the highest antioxidant activity among medicinal plants.
Canada, and particularly the prairies, is seen to have enormous potential for a seabuckthorn industry because of processing industry interest, the plant’s ability to thrive in prairie growing conditions, the North American demand for the fruit that exceeds the supply, and the expanding health and nutrition market.
Kudos to Canada and the people of Canada for being out in the forefront of Seabuckthorn cultivation and research. Craig and I, will be working to bring this plant and all its benefits into the lives and economy of the United States. That is a tall order, but we are well on our way. Teal Farm in Vermont is doing a fantastic job too with their new Vermont Seaberry Company. This is very exciting and will go a long way bringing familiarity and seabuckthorn products to the consumer.
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jiovi Sea Buckthorn plants are the most sturdy and successfully planted Seaberry plants in the United States. They are also some of the largest and reasonably priced. How do we do it? We have chosen to offer the most widely planted, strongest, and beneficial medicinally variety in the world. (Hippophae rhamnoides L. subsp. sinensis) and have chosen to offer this plant over all sub species.
Seeds for sale here (order page)