Marsh samphire has vibrant green stalks, similar to baby asparagus, with a distinctively crisp and salty taste. It can be used raw in a salad, though it tends to be very salty, so is more often boiled or steamed for a few minutes. Samphire is also known as sea beans, sea asparagus, sea pickle and Salicornia.
Marsh Samphire describes a genus of plant, rather than a single species. It is a plant that has been collected and used for centuries, not only as a food but until the last century it provided a raw material used in the manufacture of glass, hence its other common name ‘glasswort’.