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Thread #162370   Message #3866694
Posted By: Steve Shaw
17-Jul-17 - 07:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: Weapons of mass weed destruction
Subject: RE: BS: Weapons of mass weed destruction
Well, Jon, you've just illustrated why we botanists prefer Latin names! Samphire can mean Salicornia, the saltmarsh plant known as marsh samphire that posh restaurants serve their fish on top of, or rock samphire (Crithmum) that Henry VIII sent his servants to Cornwall for and which used to be pickled, or golden samphire (Inula crithmoides) that grows on sea cliffs or salt flats, which you can eat raw or boiled when young. I find marsh samphire to be a bit pointless. Give me tenderstem any day! I've tried both the others and I find their taste to be far too manky. I suppose tastes change through the centuries!