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Sea Asparagus: A Brilliant Little Green Miracle


Salicornia europaea, commonly known as Glasswort, Marsh Samphire, Sea Pickle and Sea Asparagus, traditionally grows along the coast.

Once described as the poor man's Asparagus this is now fast becoming a trendy garnish in many of the gourmet restaurants. That said, this is a fantastic vegetable in its own right or can be made into a wonderful pickled vegetable.

This is not something 'new', in his writings Shakespeare made reference to Salicornia europaea growing on the White Cliffs of Dover and the workings of the Channel Tunnel were reclaimed into a new area of land called Samphire Hoe.

Growing Conditions

  • Grow it in a container on you window sill or in the open ground
  • Best watered with a saline solution (1 teaspoon of proper sea salt in a pint of water)
  • Prefers a light sandy soil (or well drained) and a sunny position
  • Has a salty taste (surprise surprise!)

Culinary Uses

  • Great accompaniment to fish
  • Added to salad
  • Nice pickled or in vinegar

Medicinal Uses

  • A natural carminative, depurative and diuretic
  • A natural treatment for obesity
  • High in Vitamin C
  • Can aid digestion
  • Can relieve flatulence
  • It is thought to help kidney complaints

Other Uses

In the 14th Century the ashes were used to make glass and soap.


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