Native Prairie Fruits – A Source of Important Nutrients

Studies at the University of Saskatchewan show that native prairie fruits buffalo berry, chokecherry and sea buckthorn provide important nutrients such as ascorbic acid, anthocyanins, lipids and dietary fibre.

According to the study:

  • Buffaloberry was high in ascorbic acid, at a level that was greater than 4 times that reported for oranges

  • Chokecherry contained high levels of anthocyanin pigments (anti-oxidants) and can be considered a good source of these compounds with a concentration that was higher than the levels reported for fruits such as cranberry (anthocyanins purported health benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, and cardio-vascular benefits and potential anticarcinogenic properties)

  • Sea buckthorn contained high levels of lipids for a fruit, though the level varies with location and variety.

  • All of the fruits contained high levels of total dietary fibre

For more information:  There’s a summary published on-line by science daily.  The paper was recently published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science:

  1. Richard C. Green, Nicholas H. Low. Physicochemical composition of buffaloberry (Shepherdia argentea), chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) and sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) fruit harvested in Saskatchewan, Canada.Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 2013; 1 DOI: 10.4141/CJPS2013-087