_____ is also known as "Leh berry" and "Ladakh gold".
- Gooseberry (Rasbhari)
- Sea buckthorn
Sea buckthorn is a highly nutrient-rich berry that encompasses a large amount of landmass in Ladakh. The fruit has its mentions in ancient Greek literature and Tibetan medicine texts dating to 618 AD. According to the Greek legend, Pegasus preferred eating sea buckthorn leaves to any other food.
Sea buckthorn is also known as Ladakh gold because of its large potential in the economy of Ladakh. The berry has a lot of demand in the international market. It is a rich source of the following nutrients:
- Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3, 6, 9 and the rare Omega 7
- Vitamins & Minerals – An abundant source of Vitamin C, along with 13 other vitamins, and essential minerals like zinc, calcium and iron
- Antioxidants – Including Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), the most powerful antioxidant
- Over 190 Phytonutrients
One can buy sea buckthorn juice, tea, jam, squash and oils in Ladakh. Naturally, sea buckthorn is sour but has none of the bitterness that is generally found in other citrus fruits. With the right amount of sugar, the sea buckthorn juice has an amazing taste and is a must try for all travelers visiting Ladakh.
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