What do Lenin, Genghis Khan, Nina Hagen and me have in common? The love for SANDDORN.

As soon as I am on the North Sea or Baltic Sea coast, I enjoy it in every form: be it as jam/ jelly, juice, candy, fruit gums, syrup, tea, milkshake, cake and, best of all, buckthorn liqueur with ice cream.
Here is some interesting information about these sour, orange-red berries from the North:

  • Its original home is the Eurasian region. Therefore, the Orient already knew about the healing powers of the small berry, because supposedly Genghis Khan and his men always had a bottle of sea buckthorn oil with them on their conquests – to strengthen the immune system and as a remedy for wounds and digestive problems.
  • The sea buckthorn’s vitamin C content is enormous: depending on the variety, it varies between 200 and 900 mg per 100 g of pulp. Lemons or oranges are only 50 mg per 100 g. In addition, ten vitamins, including the important vitamin A-C-E complex, were detected.
    The sea buckthorn has therefore always been a substitute for citrus or tropical fruits. It is said that Lenin himself had launched a campaigned for the small vitamin bombs in 1920 by decree. Since then, Novosibirsk has been considered a buckthorn town in Russia.
  • The experience of the Soviet Union with buckthorn was naturally also used in the GDR. In addition to the wild hedges by the sea, sea buckthorn plantations were planted (next to Ludwigslust). It was not for nothing that Nina Hagen sang about the prickly fruits along the beaches in Hiddensee (small island near Rügen). Indeed, it looks fantastic when the tightly hanging berries shine in front of the deep blue Baltic Sea from July/ August.

A lot of sea buckthorn can be found e.g. on Fehmarn, the Baltic Sea island of Rügen and the Darß, but also on the North Sea island of Juist.

  • If the Dutch call it “shit berries”, this is not meant negatively, but explains the laxative effect of the fruit.
  • If you want to plant your own sea buckthorn in the garden, choose the “Friesdorfer Orange”. This type does not grow quite as high as conventional sorts and is self-fruiting.
  • It is not without reason that the sea buckthorn bears the thorns in its name: when harvesting it is advisable to use decent gloves in addition to secateurs. Since the berries are firmly attached to the branch, often between sharp thorns and also burst open quickly when touched, professionals prefer to freeze the branches after harvesting. Then the berries can be easily cut off and collected.
  • With its high choline content, sea buckthorn acts against fat deposits.
  • Interesting for vegetarians and vegans: sea buckthorn juice contains vitamin B12, which is otherwise mainly found in animal products.
  • The sea buckthorn seed oil helps with dry, irritated and itchy skin. Sea buckthorn also works against gum infections. A mus made from crushed sea buckthorn berries has a hemostatic and healing effect on wounds.
  • Sea buckthorn is also effective against hoarseness (but I haven’t tried it yet): pour hot water over a few berries, let it stand for a while, then strain it and gargle.
  • Sea buckthorn tea with ginger and cinnamon is also very tasty.

Whether esotericists believe that regular use of sea buckthorn makes you  balanced, joyful and satisfied – everyone can find out for themselves.  To me buckthorn is simply refreshing and tasty … sour makes fun!

Here are a few TIPS:

I love hard green apples and sour fruit, but the pure sea buckthorn juice is not only thin but also extremely acidic. But there is also a slightly thicker, not so acidic variant of a peach-like velvety consistency. Just ask or watch out for it.

For my favorite milkshake, I mix sea buckthorn with carrot and apricot. It also tastes good with orange and banana.

It is best to mix sea buckthorn jam with apple sauce. Also the jelly tastes best when mixed with a little pear/ apple juice. Juicing the berries is a bit time-consuming, but the jelly recipe is simple: slowly simmer 500 g of sea buckthorn berries and 800 g of jellied sugar in a ratio of 2: 1 (eventually add a bit of water if necessary) until the mass thickens.


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