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Berry Believers

Humble shelterbelt finds new purpose as Manitoba’s miracle berry.

A small potent orange sea buckthorn berry, that has existed on the prairies for more than eight decades, is catching the attention of farmers, scientists, chefs and health-conscious consumers. Buzz-berries such as acai, goji, blueberries and blackberries seem to have the world’s attention, but the sea buckthorn berry may not be far behind.

This functional food, containing more than 200 bioactive compounds, is a puree poised to keep people able-bodied. Just one tablespoon offers a day’s worth of minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, essential oils and serotonin.

Solberry CEO Mila Maximets introducedManitoba’s sea buckthorn Beaming with healthberries as a form of health care and sought to create a tasty product that is also raw and beneficial. Maximets has partnered with more than 23 local retailers and also distributes her products with Western Canada. Soaps, moisturizing cream, body oils, herbal leaf teas and a Solberry vegetable protein bar are some of the beneficial goodies on the market today.