How sweet it is!
Salmon Cove Future Development Association optimistic about ‘unique flavour’ of seabuckthorn jelly
The Salmon Cove Futures Development Association has high hopes for a small fruit, which grows on its sea buckthorn trees at its experimental farm. Jelly from the fruit is being tested at the College of the North Atlantic’s test kitchen at its Carbonear campus.
It’s jelly day in the College of the North Atlantic test kitchen. A sweet, fruity smell wafts over the workers stirring pots that contain a boiling, bright orange juice — seabuckthorn juice, which will be turned into jelly, bottled and sold.
The jelly-making, which took place Feb. 17, is a project of the Salmon Cove Future Development Association (SCFDA), which grows the sea buckthorn tree at its experimental farm, with funding from the provincial government through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The seabuckthorn tree is native to Russia and Latvia, and the small orange fruit it bears can be used in 32 different products, says association manager Cavelle Reynolds. The trees were first brought in to the province in 2000, and the group now has about 4,000 of them.
“ We were bringing it in to try to get something new into the province, to see what would work and stuff like that,” she said, adding that the idea initially was to have interested buyers plant their own seabuckthorn trees. “ We’ve still got big hopes for this fruit,” she added.
Seabuckthorn was identified as a crop with a lot of potential, because it’s high in nutrients — it’s very high in protein, vitamins C and E, and essential fatty acids— and would be attractive to the nutraceutical industry.
Don Case, president of the Salmon Cove Future Development Association, says the organization is applying for funds for a marketer to help sell the jelly across Newfoundland and Labrador, and possibly in the other Atlantic provinces as well.
Case said the popularity of the jelly is growing, and knows of one person who loves put- ting it on ice cream.
“ I think it has a very unique flavour, and I think a lot of people will really enjoy it,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of people so far say they really like it.”
The jelly is for sale at the office — call 5960860 — and Case says they’re hoping to have it in stores around the region soon.
Submitted photo The seabuckthorn tree, shown here at the Salmon Cove Future Development Association’s farm, bears a small, bright orange fruit.
Daniel MacEachern/The Compass From left, manager Cavelle Reynolds, Louise Rose, Helen Parsons and nutritionist Leona Raymond prepare seabuckthorn jelly in the kitchen at the College of the North Atlantic in Carbonear on Feb. 17.