Sorb (Sorbus aucuparia)

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Sorb, also called rowan or mountain ash, is a species of deciduous tree or shrub in the rose family. The plant flowers from May to June, the fruit turns orange or scarlet in September-October and it is harvested after the first frost. The fruit contains sorbitol, which can be used as a sugar substitute by diabetics. In the past, the tree and its fruit were used to lure and catch birds. The berries stay on the tree during winter and they are able to absorb water vapour from their surroundings.


Since it is a good source of vitamin C, the bitter tasting fresh fruit was used to prevent scurvy. The dried fruit is used as medicinal tea in case of urinary problems, the fruit and the flowers are a mild laxative and diuretic. The fruit is also used for making jam and wine.


The fruit contains pectin, sorbite, parasorbic acid, vitamin C, minerals, carotene and other useful active ingredients. Due to its regenerating, hydrating effects and moisture retention qualities, sorb is ideal for treating water deficient, ageing skin.