ECOLOGICAL CULTIVATION OF SEA BUCKTHORN (HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES), A PROFITABLE BUSINESS EVEN IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC CRISIS
The fruits of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides), considered by many a miracle of nature or a true "Romanian ginseng", contain considerable amount of vitamin C and the vitamins A, B, E, F, P, K, minerals, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, carbohydrates and organic acids as well as the oil of an exceptional therapeutic value. In fact, the most valuable it is oil that is obtained from the pulp of the fruits or from the seeds. The oil has a high content of nutrients essential for metabolism and regeneration of skin cells. Recently introduced in ecological culture in Romania, today the sea buckthorn is grown on more than 100000 hectares. The surfaces may be small, but the harnessing is extraordinarily high: from the fruits harvested from one hectare may be obtained 270 liters of oil, that can be sold with the a medium price of 250 euro / liter, which means revenues of approximately 70000 euro. It is indisputably the most profitable culture.
In this paper are some examples of certain Romanians enterprising that have succeeded, even in times of economic crisis, to achieve the spectacular revenues from the sea buckthorn culture.