Re: [fukuoka_farming] Bob's Mediterranean Greens/Samphire WAS my garden
- Hi Sharon,
Thanks for the addition of that strange rock-hugging yet sea-salting plant, the samphire. In her book "Mediterranean Grains and Greens," Paula Wolfert suggests that samphire and purslane, two succulent greens, go together to make a tasy, tart salad. She notes that along the Turkish and Aegean Mediterranean coasts "samphire is boiled and served with a taratour sauce" (including walnuts, cloves, bread, lemon, and olive oil).
Samphire I don't expect to grow in my garden, since it seems to prefer "salt marshes" and sea coasts; instead I have only the oil- and chemical-refinery-polluted Mississippi about a mile away to offer. (But I can try).
Another wildish green that could wind up in horta, Crete pies, Italian and my garden is Cavolo nero, a dark lacinate Tuscan kale.
People of the Mediterranean are much in debt to the wild mallow and nettles for keeping them alive during hard times. But, Wolfert points out, in better times, these humble plants are shunned as mere "survival food" that brings back unwanted memories of war and near-starvation.
Bob Monie, zone 8
Sharon Gordon <gordonse@...> wrote:
Bob that looks like a wonderful list. Another one you might like is
Samphire -Crithmum maritimum
It sort of looks like a cross between flat leafed italian parsley and
asparagus with lovage or dill like flowers. Here are some photos
To me it tastes sort of like salty celery.
Here's what Plants for a Future Says about it:
Here are a few recipes from around the net that give an idea of what
different people do with it.
Warm Salad of Samphire, Asparagus, and Crab
Shrimp and Samphire Risotto
Crab and Samphire Soup
Barbecued Sea Bass stuffed with fennel on a bed of Samphire
Samphire and Tempeh Salad
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