Have you ever wondered why sea buckthorn products vary so much in taste and quality? Why do some berries taste sour and unappealing while others are sweet and juicy? The answer lies in the different cultivars of sea buckthorn, each with its own unique characteristics and purposes.
Let’s explore some of the most prominent cultivars!
1] German cultivars
Despite their small size and sour taste, they find their niche in the world of cosmetics. Take the Leikora cultivar, for instance. Its berries may not be suitable for direct consumption, but they are excellent for oil extraction. These tiny fruits, adorned with stellate hairs on their skins, contribute to the production of high-quality cosmetic oils. So, while they may not be a treat for your taste buds, they work wonders for your skin and hair.
2] Russian sea buckthorn
These varieties offer a delectable experience and convenience in harvesting. These cultivars often lack thorns along their branches, making them easy to collect by hand. The taste of these berries is mouthwatering, and they are perfect for culinary purposes. However, there is a trade-off. Russian cultivars tend to weaken over time and have a shorter production lifespan. After a few years, the trees may decline in yield or even perish altogether. Nonetheless, the pleasure that Omega Fruit Sea buckthorn recipes bring to our palates through jams and jellies to tantalizing desserts makes them worth the effort.
3] Latvian varieties
These robust cultivars remain strong and productive for around 15 years or more. The fruits they bear are not only plentiful but also packed with nutritional goodness. Latvian sea buckthorn berries are smooth, boast high levels of carotenoids and have a juicy, mouthwatering taste.
In addition to their nutritional value, Latvian cultivars excel in size, with the largest sea buckthorn berries hailing from this group. A hundred fruits of these cultivars can weigh an impressive 80 to 110 grams. Their size and taste make them a favorite for direct consumption, whether eaten fresh or incorporated into various culinary delights. Furthermore, their substantial oil content makes them suitable for oil extraction as well!
Sea buckthorn cultivars encompass a wide spectrum of flavors, appearances, and uses. Whether you’re seeking beauty enhancements, gastronomic delights, or nutritional benefits, sea buckthorn has a cultivar that suits your needs. So next time you come across this vibrant fruit, remember to consider its origin and purpose, and savor the richness it brings to your life!