Having some difficulties with Sea Buckthorn. I’d love to collect some to try experimenting with them (I think they’re full of vitamins and generally very healthy) but they’re also very hard to collect in large quantities – when you go to pick them they explode, and the bushes are very prickly too (I have photo evidence of this!)
Does anyone know any special methods for harvesting these without causing injury or ruining the berries?
I seem to remember watching something on a Ray Mears BBC2 show many years ago, he and Gordon were out collecting buckthorn by the bucketful. They talked about your issue too, and had some kind of “claw” contraption – a wire hand which allowed the berries to be collected (didn’t matter if they were squished) which had a bowl below to catch all the juice / fallen berries. This allowed them to collect at a distance so they don’t cut themselves too.