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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.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 . 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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