Samphire: A Superfood from Wild Shores


| 9/19/2016 1:53:00 PM


Tags: wild food foraging, wild edibles, superfoods, nutrition, Austria, Hannah Wernet,

The Northumberland shoreline

This summer I spent some time back in Northern England, where I come from. I was traveling with my husband’s family, and was keen to show them that British food isn’t all warm beer and cold gravy.

We managed to find a very nice seafood restaurant. It was artfully constructed out of an upturned boat on the seashore, achingly fashionable, with prices to match. The fish was fresh and local, and home-made mayonnaise was served in mason jars.

My father, however, was unimpressed. He prefers restaurants to have doors, not a strong north-easterly blowing through them, and found the boat grim and Dickensian. He likes carrots and peas, but the sea bass came with something vaguely called “sea vegetables”.

When the sea vegetables arrived he couldn’t believe his eyes. “It’s sampkin!” he cried “I haven’t seen that since I was a boy!”

Samphire is in season in late summer




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