Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) leaves emerging
Not to be confused with Ohio Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Sea-buckthorn is also known as Sandthorn, Sallowthorn, or Seaberry.
The bright orange berries of this plant contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and have been studied for medicinal applications that range from fighting tumours to regenerating tissues.
They are, for all intents and purposes, a superfood.
I transplanted a few dozen from local plants to the forest garden, and above you can see the leaves are preparing to burst forth. These plants are dioecious, meaning they require both a male and female plant to produce fruit: hopefully I have a good male-to-female ratio.
The fruit is difficult to detach from the branch, so harvesting protocol usually demands pruning off a whole branch, freezing it, and then removing the berries. [x]