A delicious berry is popping up in restaurants all over the city. The berry is a beautiful yellow to orange colour with a highly tart flavour reminiscent of rhubarb. I have seen the berry used in both sweet and savoury preparations as well as in cocktails. This delicious fruit is called Sea Buckthorn, but I’ve also heard it called Seaberry. I am seeking to begin a search for this berry that fruits on a deciduous shrub.
Sea Buckthorn is used not only for eating but for medicinal purposes as well. Full of fatty acids and antioxidants Sea Buckthorn is used for creams and ointments. Originally I began researching this berry interested in using it as a windbreak for my market garden. As I was doing this I learned that the Sea Buckthorn shrub is often used for ornamental purposes often with the owner being completely oblivious to the deliciousness of the beautiful berry that grows along the shrub. This sparked the idea that this shrub must be growing in Toronto yards and bearing fruit that is going un enjoyed.
I’ve begun keeping my eyes peeled for the shrub during my walks and bike rides around Toronto but so far have been unable to spot any. I want to make a call out to all lovers of Toronto’s fruit trees to put on their fruit goggles and keep an eye open for some Sea Buckthorn shrubs. If you spot one, or maybe you already know of one, please post a comment to this blog post and let me know where it is. (Avoid giving peoples addresses).