is found on many shorelines and cliffs throughout Europe, and marsh samphire - the one we use - grows in muddy salt marshes by the sea and we get ours picked by our fishmonger up in Fleetwood.
He said gathering ingredients such as rock samphire, have made him question his chosen occupation.
Having played with the rock samphire I ended up cooking it quite crispy.
There is also rock samphire
that, as the name suggests, grows on the rocks at the seaside, with fleshly flat leaves of a grey-green colour.
MONKFISH & SERRANO HAM WITH MARSH SAMPHIRE ROSTIS AND ROCK SAMPHIRE
FRITTERS (Serves 4) For the Monkfish: ?
The wardens' report also helped us locate many of the rare and specialised plants which grow around the salt marsh, in the dunes and on the rocks, including rock samphire
Not to be confused with the much less common rock samphire
, it is a fleshy-leaved plant, with a flavour I liken to 'salty cucumber', and easy to use - just pick off the woody stems, wash well and heat through in the sauce or gravy.