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Samphire - rock (Crithmum Maritimum)

An edible wild plant found on rocky coastal areas of Southern Britain.

On the food front it makes an excellent accompaniment to fish when steamed or boiled for about 6-8 minutes - then dressed with a little butter/olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

It's often confused with Marsh Samphire (Salicornia Europaea), which has the same uses, but a more salty taste (unless given an initial blanching) and a woody central stem.

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