So, while wandering through the market a week ago I saw this Samphire (from France). I could faintly remember a TV show where I had seen someone forage on the coast of the UK for it and I was intrigued. So I had some packed up (unfortunately they only had plastic bags).
How it tastes: the ocean. This is why Mermaid’s Kiss is such a great and appropriate name. Apart from this salty sea taste it is more the sensation rather than the taste that stands out: when fresh it almost pops in your mouth with an intense and refreshing taste. A strong little succulent which protects the coastlines from erosion.
Buy as you need it: it doesn’t hold long.
There are two types: rock and marsh. Both can be used for cooking.
Freshest around: June, July, August
How to eat:
raw just by itself as a snack or in salads
as a side steam and serve with a bit of lemon and butter
with fish best served with seafood, rather than meat