THE HEALING ARC’S SEA BUCKTHORN ORCHARD
The Healing Arc’s Sea Buckthorn Orchard lies on beautiful, rolling, Bruce County farmland just north of Wingham, Ontario. It is the first fruit producing Sea Buckthorn Orchard in Ontario. Owner, Marlene Wynnyk has worked on several agricultural research projects in the quest for plants that can be grown on marginal land in Ontario and can be used in the functional food and nutraceutical industry. Sea Buckthorn wins hands down. Today the orchard resembles a tropical paradise with trees laden with brilliant orange fruit from late July until early October. The berries with their tart citrus flavour are nutritional, refreshing , versatile and Local … Perfect.
The Healing Arc Inc. is a research based company; an analysis of the fruit and juice as well as a nutritional facts label are posted on their web site at www.thehealingarc.com. Sea Buckthorn is rich in many essential nutrients. It contains high concentrations of Vitamin C, carotenoids, fatty acids as well as phytochemicals that are known to have strong antioxidant activity. Sea Buckthorn has proven to be a Value Chain Crop and ongoing research continues. An introduction to Sea Buckthorn article has been authored by Jim Todd/ Transition Crop Specialist/OMAFRA.
Sea Buckthorn ( Hippophae rhamnoides L.) is native from north-western Europe, through central Asia, as well as northern China. Sea Buckthorn has been used for centuries as a food and for its pharmaceutical properties. It was used in ancient Greece as a fodder for horses to promote weight gain as well as a shiny coat. In fact, the generic Latin name “Hippophae” translates to “shiny horse.”