food, ramblings

poor man’s asparagus

After having seen this odd veggie in various cooking shows (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Cook on the Wild Side, for one), it sent my foodie-curiosity bells ringing.

samphire photo stolen from somewhere in the net
samphire photo stolen from somewhere in the net

Last week, while wandering around the local waitrose’s seafood section I spotted a little lonely pack amidst the fish fillets. So that night it was grilled along with some wild alaskan salmon in a tiny bit of butter and lemon.

It was salty, oh-so-yummy, and went superbly well with the fish.

Yesterday, I bumped into it yet again… so in it went into my bowl of steamed (very fresh) drunken prawn, scallops and shitake dinner.

I am now a fan of the modest samphire.



6 thoughts on “poor man’s asparagus

  1. Heh! Funny you should post this… I bought 3 samphire plants for the garden yesterday.

    Posted by Muks | April 15, 2010, 1:47 pm
  2. Nope- the only requirement is to water with brine (sea salt diluted in water). It should be interesting. I also bought the crocus plants that produces saffron.

    Posted by Muks | April 15, 2010, 2:40 pm
  3. Lately, I have been looking at wild shrubs and plants growing by the roadside and wondering if they have any edible value if cooked properly? Samphire looks good, don’t know if they have it in Japan?

    Posted by Shom | April 19, 2010, 1:00 pm
  4. Ha.. Me too! See wild berries and wonder if they’re actually edible as well. Get a good foraging book, I’m sure there’s loads of wild veggies and herbs in Japan!

    Samphire is very good. It’s salty and a bit like firm seaweed…. very different from other veggies I’ve had before.

    Posted by enkemeniel | April 19, 2010, 1:49 pm

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