advisable for samphire beds
(which is pronounced samfer) grows on coastal, tidal, salt marshes
and mud flats around North Norfolk's coast.
The edible Salicornia Europea is the proper name and the
crop is very familiar along the North Norfolk coast.
samphire by hand
Salicornia Europea from a distance looks like a green mown lawn.
Close up, the 10cm plant has fleshy tubular leaves filled with a
Often refered to as the 'poor man's asparagus' samphire is
sold in the county's local shops, markets and at road side stalls
during the summer season..
Samphire can be eaten as a boiled or steamed vegetable or as an
accompaniment to meat and fish, or blanched in a salad or pickled.
In the past It was valued as a herb and used as a preventative
against scurvy. Samphire was pickled for taking on long sea
journeys. It was also used to relieve flatulence.
forkful of the finest samphire
Wash the samphire well in fresh water. Bring to the boil and simmer
for about 10 minutes. It is cooked when the fleshy bits slip easily
from the stalk. Serve with melted butter or sprinkle with black
pepper and vinegar. You eat it by sucking the leaves off the stalks.
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