Where can I find Sea Purslane?
Sea Purslane is commonly found in areas of salt marsh and around the coastal areas of England and Wales. It can also be found in Scotland but only on the Solway coast.
When can I find Sea Purslane?
As a perennial, it can be found all year round, although it flowers from July to September. It’s best to collect younger growth which is less woody and tough.
Sea Purslane can be found in marshy areas and on the coasts of England and Wales
How to identify Sea Purslane
Sea Purslane usually grows thickly but can also occur as single plants mixed in with other coastal plants. The stems can reach around 60cm high. It’s leaves are slightly oval in shape and beautifully fleshy, green grey in colour. The leaves are also covered in tiny hairs and they grow in opposite pairs along the stems, which are pale and green when young and woody and brown when older. Sea Purslane flowers are tiny, pale yellow and grow in clusters.
Uses for Sea Purslane
The salty flavour and crunchy texture of its leaves makes it a great accompaniment to seafood, for use in salads and as a side dish. Full of vitamins and minerals, it is best washed, lightly boiled and eaten like spinach, although it has also been used to make pestos or eaten raw. It is delicious pickled and used incorporated into dips and sauces.
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