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Ever tasted seabuckthorn berries or even heard of them? Packed with vitamin C, these tart berries shine with tropical and citrus flavors when cooked. In fact, these berries are also called ‘Siberian Pineapple’ and they like to grow in cooler climates, which makes Saskatchewan perfect.

Betty Forbes, president of nvigorate, sells the ‘Indian Summer’ variety of seabuckthorn berries at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. She’ll converse you on the health benefits plus give you ideas for using her products. Betty’s interest in seabuckthorn  began in 1998 when her parents and siblings planted 15 acres of seedlings. You can purchase seeds, 25 per package; or plants from 15 to 35 dollars, depending on size, sex, and age.

Some restaurants in Saskatoon using seabuckthorn include: The Hollows, Truffles, Calories, The Saskatoon Club, Weczeria, and Riverside Country Club.

nvigorate booth - seabuckthorn

Seabuckthorn gelatoSeabuckthorn ‘Ostentatious’ Orange Gelato

Seabuckthorn gelato

seabuckthorn berries

Mighty Aphrodite Smoothie
Courtesy: Kalissa Regier
hestiaorganics.ca
 
This smoothie is packed with protein, omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 and Vitamin C.  Fresh ginger is known for its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
 
 1/2 cup    Plain low-fat yogurt
 3 Tbsp.    Hestia Organics Hemp Hearts
 1/3 cup    Frozen Seabuckthorn Berries
 1/2 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger
 1 Tbsp.    Honey
 1/4 cup    Water (more or less as desired)
 1 scoop    Unflavoured protein powder(optional)
 Ice
 
Place the above ingredients into a blender.  Blend for 2-3 minutes adding water until desired consistency is reached.
 
Seabuckthorn berry & Red Clover Blossom Syrup vinaigrette
Courtesy: Executive Chef Anthony McCarthy
The Saskatoon Club
 
1 cup seabuckthorn berries
½ cup Red clover blossom syrup
1 orange, juiced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup White wine vinegar
1 oz Fresh chopped thyme
1 finely chopped shallot
1 ½ cups Canola oil
½ cup Olive oil
Salt and pepper
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Put seabuckthorn berries, vinegar, orange juice and syrup in a small pot bring to a boil, remove from heat immediately and set pot into a bowl of ice water, stirring to cool; puree mixture, strain; clean blender and return puree, add mustard, thyme and shallot, blend; while blending, slowly add both oils; finish by mixing  a pinch of salt and pepper; and alllow to stand for a couple of hours, or refrigerate overnight.
 
  Label and date; will keep in refrigerator for at least two weeks

Seabuckthorn pureeGreat for making smoothies, or add to your favorite sauces or gravies.

Seabuckthorn dried puree

Seabuckthorn syrup

Seabuckthorn jam

Seabuckthorn icetea Deliciously refreshing on a hot summer day.

Seabuckthorn drink

Seabuckthorn tea These tea leaves, harvested from the male plant, come loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.

Seabuckthorn apple cider vinegar

seabuckthorn chocolatesSeabuckthorn Chocolates made with Belgium chocolate and a creamy center.

Seabuckthorn berries organically grown in eastern Saskatchewan, certified by Ecocert Canada, and products produced at government inspected facilities.

The nvigorate booth is open on Saturday, Sunday, and the occasional Wednesday at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

For more info visit Betty at the market or email: info@nvigorate.ca

Informative websites:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/seabuckthorn.htm
http://www.alive.com/articles/view/22511/the_other_side_of_seabuckthorn