Elaeagnus is a genus found wild or as ornamental plants with dense shrub-like structure, fragrant
blossoms and silvery foliage.The
tiny oblong fruit, with red flesh and pericarp speckled
with gold and silvery spots, are edible, with rich antioxidants, phenolic acids and flavonoids. The health
benefits of the fruit are blood alcohol removal, pain alleviation, wound healing, cancer
prevention, antimicrobial and expectorant etc. Despite this immense
food and medicinal potential, the fruit of this genus are languishing in obscurity, and
yet to reach mainstream market.