samphire (Salicornia europaea)

  • Marsh samphire
  • Samphire, or marsh samphire as it is sometimes known, grows along the coast in undisturbed, untrodden places. It is a low growing plant that thrives in the sea salt spray.
  • Traditionally it has been harvested for hundreds of years.

  • Rock samphire
  • There is also an unrelated plant called rock samphire. Rock samphire is a member of the carrot family. It was sometimes preserved as a pickled vegetable.