Interesting sea buckthorn facts

  1. Fruits of the sea-buckthorn are orange to reddish colour stone-fruits with weight of about 0,2-0,35 gram
  2. Ancient Greeks fed their horses with the leaves of the sea-buckthorn to heal them. This improved not only their health, but gave a great appearance with a smooth and shiny skin. Probably this is the way the sea-buckthorn got its Latin name Hippophae („hippos” – horse, „faos” – shiny);
  3. Thanks to the great taste and juiciness, Russians call it „the Siberian Pineapple”;
  4. This plant contents more than 190 different nutrients, therefore, it is often called „sacred fruit”;
  5. There is enough of the vitamin C in the fruits of the sea-buckthorn to supply all the people in the world with it;
  6. Some research in Germany has proved that the stone-fruits of the sea-buckthorn contain the same amount of vitamin B12 as in liver;
  7. Antioxidant is the right name to characterize the sea-buckthorn;
  8. Juice of the sea-buckthorn contains a lot of organic acids, its pH is close to 2,7;
  9. The sea-buckthorn is able to survive even cold weather (up to – 40°C) or extended drought;
  10. Fruits of the sea-buckthorn are significant source of provision for many birds in the winter, including the fieldfare;
  11. The sea-buckthorn was mentioned first time in the Tibetan medicine scripts „rGyud Bzi” in eight century AD;
  12. According to the Greek mythology, the sea-buckthorn was a favourite food for Pegasus – a winged horse;
  13. The sea-buckthorn was mentioned in works of philosophers in ancient Greece;
  14. Historic records say that the sea-buckthorn was used in medicine of ancient China, gaining the official status 1977;
  15. Products of the sea-buckthorn were included in the diet of Soviet astronauts;
  16. Medicine made of the sea-buckthorn was the used first of all to heal victims of catastrophe in Chernobyl 1986;
  17. In 1988, during the Olympic Games in Seoul, the Chinese team used drinks made of the sea-buckthorn to increase their results;
  18. 90% of the sea-buckthorn of the world grows in China, though it is widely spread in Europe, too;
  19. The sea-buckthorn is also used to reduce the land erosion and to increase land quality and biodiversity;
  20. In the period from 1950 to 1985 in China, there were wide plantations set in area of about 200 000 hectares to preserve soil and water and to obtain a firewood.

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