Of the seashore plants that do like to dip their toes in the edge of
the sea, my
own favourite is Marsh Samphire.
Glasswort, Pickleweed or Poor Man’s
Asparagus, lives just below the highest, high tide line
where it is only washed occasionally by the tide.
This is not the same as Rock
Samphire which prefers to keep its toes well out of the
It tastes rather like salty asparagus and can be eaten raw or cooked,
an excellent accompaniment to any fish dish.
Sea Rocket can
be found along high tide line on sandy beaches.
Sea Rocket is
quite pungent but can be used, sparingly, in salads, steaming will help
remove any bitterness. The seed pods can be used to make a horseradish
know as Saltbush or Orache
and Sea Blite, Suaeda, Seepweed or Seablite are some the
many varieties of oraches.
These tide-line plants are relatives of spinach and can be cooked in
the same way, they are best cooked as the raw plant is rather bitter.
is another marsh plant that likes to dapple its toes in the sea’s edge.
The raw leaves are salty and slightly crunchy, excellent when chopped
fine and added, sparingly, to salads, or used as a condiment in stead
of salt. Boiling for a few minutes will help reduce their saltiness.
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