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Wellies advisable for samphire beds

Samphire (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.

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Harvesting samphire by hand

The edible Salicornia Europea from a distance looks like a green mown lawn. Close up, the 10cm plant has fleshy tubular leaves filled with a salty juice.

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.

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A forkful of the finest samphire

Recipe: 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. Enjoy!

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