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Marsh samphire (Salicornia spp), also known
as Glasswort and Sea Asparagus is a succulent salt-tolerant
herbaceous plant that grows in salt marshes and on beaches.
It is in season between June and August, but is best
early in the season, before it flowers. The plant is
famous in Norfolk, where pickled samphire has been served
as a bar-top nibble for many years. Recently samphire
has begun to appear on the menus of trendy restaurants.
Mainly as a garnish though increasingly as an integral
part of fish and seafood dishes.
The use of marsh samphire in trendy restaurants has
made this a prince amongst wild foods and has introduced
many people to the delights of foraging. Yet few people
know how to make the best of marsh samphire itself.
The first essential is to pickle the plant, to make
the most of its short season.
for Pickled Marsh Samphire
1.4kg marsh samphire shoots
800ml white pickling vinegar
to make Pickled Marsh Samphire
is best made with young marsh samphire, gathered in
July (before the plant flowers).
the samphire and remove any woody stems then break
into 5cm length pieces.
in the base of a dish and sprinkle with salt.
to marinate for 24 hours then wash the salt off.
the samphire then place in a pan with just enough
vinegar to flavour.
to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
into cleaned and sterilized jars that have been warmed
in an oven set to 80°C.
and store until needed.