ashes were once used to make soap and glass.
A Marsh samphire
, which is almost like baby asparagus but very salty, is normally available in July and August.
ALL along our beautiful Welsh coastline secretly growing is a wonderful sea vegetable called marsh samphire
, jointed like green coral, polished, shiny and smooth, it's a wild seashore plant growing profusely on the mud flats below the high tide line.
And he said marsh samphire
and wild rocket had become popular thanks to programmes such as Channel 4's River Cottage.
A Samphire, or marsh samphire
, is a vegetable that is grown in marsh areas near the sea in certain areas of Britain.
Chefs are also using natural delights like sea lettuce, purslane, marsh samphire
, wood sorrel and a hundred other plants previously only thought worthy of trampling on.
Try a dollop of marsh samphire
pickle or shaggy cap ketchup - and don't forget heather-favoured beer and bog myrtle in your wine.
MONKFISH & SERRANO HAM WITH MARSH SAMPHIRE ROSTIS AND ROCK SAMPHIRE FRITTERS (Serves 4) For the Monkfish: ?
Begin the marsh samphire rosti by peeling and cutting the potatoes in half.
Add one handful of washed, finely chopped marsh samphire and stir into the potato mixture.
50pm, ELUSIVE FOOD * Marsh samphire is traditionally sold in Wales with salt-marsh lamb; the sheep feed on the vegetable and marsh grasses.
Marsh samphire isn't the sort of ingredient you can pick up in a supermarket.
It is often rightly said that the herbs where the animal grazes make the best accompaniment, and an excellent way to serve salt-marsh lamb is with marsh samphire
or 'glasswort' (from its use in the glassmaking industry).