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Crithmum maritimum Crithmum maritimum

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Samphire or rock samphire, Crithmum maritimum, is the sole species of the genus Crithmum. It is an edible wild plant found on southern and western coasts of Britain and Ireland, on mediterranean area and western coasts of Europe including the Canary Islands, North Africa and the Black Sea. The term samphire is used for several unrelated species of coastal plant.
Crithmum maritimum is a perennial growing to 0.3 m by 0.3 m.
It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects.
Prefers a moist light sandy or gravelly soil, doing very well between stones or by a south-east facing wall. Requires a warm dry well-drained sunny position. Plants are best grown in moist salty soil. When grown away from the coast, this plant requires a warm sheltered position and some protection in cold winters.


Edible Uses:
The stems, leaves and seed pods may be pickled in hot, salted, spiced vinegar, or the leaves used fresh in salads.
Leaves - raw or cooked. Vaguely reminiscent of fennel, but the taste is more bitter and brackish. The leaves are used as a flavouring in salads. Gathered in spring, the young leaves when sprinkled with salt and boiled make a very good pickle. The leaves are rich in vitamin C. Seed pods are used to make a warm aromatic pickle.
Rock samphire is little used in herbal medicine, though it is a good diuretic and holds out potential as a treatment for obesity. It has a high vitamin C and mineral content and is thought to relieve flatulence and to act as a digestive remedy. The young growing tips are carminative, depurative, digestive and diuretic. The leaves have the reputation for helping people lose weight and so are used in treating cases of obesity as well kidney complaints. The essential oil is a digestive, a few drops being sprinkled on the food.
An essential oil from the plant is used in perfumery.
Prefers a moist light sandy or gravelly soil, doing very well between stones or by a south-east facing wall. Requires a warm dry well-drained sunny position. Plants are best grown in moist salty soil. When grown away from the coast, this plant requires a warm sheltered position and some protection in cold winters.

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