Klim’s Prize Sea Berry ™
Selected by our friend and breeder Klim Arbakov, Klim’s Prize Sea Berry ™ is a compact, upright growing shrub and bears abundant crops of large, bright orange berries. This unique, sweet, high quality fruit is good for fresh eating as well as for juice.
Very Popular in Eastern Europe, Russia and China, Sea Berry is a new and very valuable plant for North American gardeners. Also known as Sea Buckthorn, Sea Berry is prized for its exceptional ornamental value, tasty and healthy fruit, and the ability to grow in and improve poor soils. In late summer and fall, large clusters of bright orange-yellow berries cover the branches and, on some varieties, can persist well into winter.
Klim’s Prize Sea Berry ™ fruit is very high in Vitamin C (about 7 times more than lemons), Vitamin A, and E, and has a pleasant acidic flavor which, when sweetened, makes delicious juice. During the Cold War, East Germany used Sea Berry as a healthful substitute for orange juice. The fruit is also unique for its oil content, which is used as a treatment for burns and skin diseases as well as for ulcers and other illnesses. You will often see Sea Buckthorn as an ingredient in many nutritional supplements and cosmetics.
We harvest out fruit by hand or by cutting off the fruit laden branches and freezing them. The frozen berries can easily be shaken off and, after thawing, make great juice and preserves. Like cranberry juice, Sea Berry juice is usually diluted with up to 70% water.
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Latin Name: Hippophae rhamnoides
Site and Soil: Sea Berry likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Wind pollinated. Plant with a Male Sea Berry for pollination.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 40° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 6 – 10 ft.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: July – August depending on location.
Yield: Up to 30 lbs., depending on variety.
Pests & Diseases: Sea Berry is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 3-9