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35 responses to “Sea Beans, Salicornia, Samphire”

  1. Rebecca

    I’ve been looking for it in LA since I moved here from the desert. Though I’m somewhat reluctant to eat ANYTHING from the Santa Monica bay… It just doesn’t seem right to buy wild things from the market- like it takes all the fun out of the experience :).

    Do you know if they actually grow this far south?

  2. snimtz

    Hank, I spotted this on a blogpost about Betty Fussel
    Look at her bedside table books near the bottom of the post.

  3. kirsten

    my family knows and love Block island as well, and last summer while vacationing there I came across a back issue of Edible Rhody with an article by you in it! Been meaning to make that connection ever since! Wish I had known about saltwort then! maybe next trip, thanks for sharing.

  4. Tacowalker

    I am fairly sure that is the same stuff I recently had in Hawaii. They called it locally harvested sea asparagus. Exact look and wikipedia seems to agree with me. It was especially good in Ahi Poké from a restaurant on the beach. It is a unique and fun vegetable.

  5. Suburban Bushwacker

    Good eating isnt it, samphire was very popular in Victorian cuisine and its making a bit of a resurgence here.

  6. Bill

    Very popular here in Ireland, especially in the West, and typically called samphire. Delicious stuff.

  7. David

    I agree with the Hawaii assessment. We were recently at the Grand Wailea resort and remember the sea asparagus term. It was a special that evening and my better half said it was wonderful.

  8. LR

    I see these around S.F. Bay, but what concerns about water pollution should I take into consideration before harvesting them? It looks as if they are easy to grow, and I could collect and grow at home, too.

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  10. karin@yumandmore

    great post! so nice to finally get some background about this delicious seabean!
    i get it here in germany imporzed from mexico but didn’t know what it was called in english. love it in salad and in seafood sauces! thanks hank.

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  13. Bobinthebul

    It’s very popular in coastal Turkey. The name “sea bean” might be a rough translation of its name in Turkish, “deniz börülcesi.” Deniz – sea, börülce is blackeyed peas, which are also eaten in the green bean stage here, and are only a little thicker than Salicornia. The typical treatment here is to boil it (perhaps a bit too much but in this part of the world, green things are either salad or they’re dead, or both) and top it with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. I like a little finely chopped garlic mixed in as well. Good stuff!

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  15. Margot Hamilton

    I’ve been looking for the seeds online but can’t find them. Can you tell me where you purchased yours?

  16. Nazli

    Hi Margot,

    I can provide them if you want to purchase. Contact me if you are interested. I live in Boston, and probably can mail in US.

  17. lois

    I would like to purchase the salicornia europaea seed or plant so can grow my own. thank you lois

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  20. Cheryl

    Would love to try growing these sea beans. I live in the Boston area, and would like to connect with Nazli to find out about the seeds.

  21. Marilyn Gould

    Just bought some from a street market in Pontorson, normandy France from a Rastafarian vendor. He had it for tasting with pâté de canard (duck pate) absolutely delicious. He also supplied or with a glass of white wine….so off to the boucherie we went with our 4euro small jar to get the pate. Just having it now …. Didn’t know about it and live just near where they collect it in the le Mont st Michel Baie.
    Try it!

  22. Mike

    Linked to you over at my blog, Farm Your Training Day. Cheers!

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  24. marlena ard

    I would love to buy sea bean seeds. I cant find them anywhere online.

  25. aOrta

    I get it for free from the marshes around. There are so many of them here, where I live, in Algarve – Portugal. I just recently learnt that it is edible and I’ve fallen in love with it 🙂

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  27. Jane

    I saw fresh salicornia plants for sale on ebay. I have been meaning to buy them but I am not sure.. I am too impatient to grow them on my own. Besides i heard they grow best in sea breeze.

  28. Kathryn Morrow

    We have something that looks VERY similar here in the marshes of coastal south Texas. It is just like a small leafless Christmas tree, sticking almost straight up out of the shallow water around the marsh, or on dry land near it. Short, so I may try it a few of the tops. I would love to have a local source for this. Has anyone else seen it here? Corpus Christi, Rockoport, etc.?

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  31. Rivkha

    I’m looking for salicorna seed online, but all I can find is salsola. Salicorna is available for sale through European vendors, but I would like to order within the United States. Any suggestions?

    Collecting seed is not much of an issue, but I don’t know of any salt marshes near my midwestern home…

  32. Maria Allen

    Would love to forage some and live in the Boston area. Any leads surrounding areas to look around?

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