samphire

Definitions

Food

  • The annual salt marsh plant, Salicornia europaea, whose fleshy stems are cooked like asparagus. The fleshy part is stripped away from the hard core using the teeth. Because of its high proportion of silica it was once used in glassmaking. The succulent young leaves and shoots may be used in salads.
  • A bushy member of the carrot family with fleshy green leaves which grows on sea cliffs and in rocky coastal districts. The fleshy leaves and stems have a strong flavour and may be cooked as a vegetable or pickled.
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