A prickly prize to be found on the beaches in Autumn
Sea Buckthorn - these distinctively bright orange berries are soft, juicy and rich in oils, but can be tricky to forage due to the dense thorn arrangements that surround them on their branches.
But they are definitely worth the struggle, as the berries are not only edible, but very nutritious and full of flavour, once cooked or correctly prepared. In their raw state the berries are sour, astringent and oily, but once pressed, they have a wonderfully sharp, citrus bite, full of mandarin, lemon and orange.
They are a great addition when mixed with sweeter ingredients to give a lovely citrus twang to desserts, drinks or cocktails - we use it in one of our Autumn cocktails, a twist on a whisky sour with extra honey and lemon. Other than juices or syrups, it can also be in dozens of other capacities from pies and teas and even cosmetic products. Not dissimilar to elderberries, sea buckthorn has also been used as a traditional herbal medicine and remedy, with perceived beneficial attributes including helping with cardiovascular conditions, dermatological disorders and even acting as a skin softener!
Sea Buckthorn grows in abundance in dry, sandy areas, and is plentiful around County Down, but don’t forget your sturdy gloves and goggles!
Sea Buckthorn - these distinctively bright orange berries are soft, juicy and rich in oils, but can be tricky to