Pihlakas
Rowanberry

Rowans (Sorbus) are shrubs or small trees in the genus Sorbus of the family Rosaceae. There are more than 100 varieties of rowan in the world. It is difficult to determine the exact number of species, as rowans hybridise very easily. They also have many subspecies. Rowans grow everywhere in Europe and Asia, as well as in North America. They are not particularly tall trees, but can still grow to up to 15 metres. The Rowan is a honey plant. Its fruits can be eaten raw or used to make jam, jelly, tea and more. They can also be pickled. Powder made from its dried berries is used in pies. In popular medicine rowanberries are used to prevent scurvy and bleeding, as a diuretic and laxative, and to induce sweating. Many rowanberries do not fall off the trees in autumn, but remain there for the winter. They are an important source of food for many birds during snowy winters.

What do rowanberries contain?
Rowanberries are rich in pectin compounds and amygdalin. They also contain a lot of minerals and vitamin C.

What are the benefits of rowanberries?
Pectin compounds form a protective layer on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and bind and remove toxic compounds from the body. Amygdalin increases the body’s resistance to radioactive (and x-ray) radiation and protects breathing enzymes from quick decomposition. This improves a damaged metabolism. Drinking tea made of rowan flowers and dried rowanberries is recommended in the case of liver, kidney and digestive tract disorders and to alleviate coughing and bleeding. Scientific research has proven that rowanberry tea reduces the accumulation of lipids in the liver and blood cholesterol levels, and has an antibacterial effect.