Salicornia Europaea

Samphire Plant (Common Glasswort)

Salicorne d'Europe
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Already a trendy garnish in gourmet restaurants, it might become the next herb sensation: it is in fact a high-protein plant and can be eaten raw, fried or steamed. An annual succulent, it is a bushy plant with many-jointed, fleshy stems. The leaves are like tubes surrounding the stems, and they are actually what you see.  Tiny flowers appear in August, the seeds ripen in September. Native to the coasts of Europe, it is new to cultivation. To achieve the salty taste it has naturally, add one tablespoon of sea salt to every litre of irrigation water, but only if the plant is grown in a container. Can also be grown outdoors in rich organic soil with ample nitrogen and regular watering. Cannot grow in the shade. Will grow up to one foot.

Plant details
Category
Annual
Exposure
Sunny
Rusticity
Zone10
Height
20 - 40 cm
Staggering
15 cm
Flowering

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