Rock samphire grows on coastal cliffs of mainland Great Britain, where it was once collected by cliff-hanging entrepreneurs, values for culinary purposes. In 1981 it became protected in the United Kingdom. Crithmum is from the Greek, krithe, meaning ”barley,” because rock samphire’s fruit resembles barley; maritimum means “of the sea.”
Identification: Plants are 12-24" (30-60 cm) high, with compound leaves composed of narrow, fleshy leaflets about ½" (1.3 cm) long. It is said to smell like furniture polish. Very small whitish or yellowish flowers occur in umbels (tight groups). Fruits are ribbed, oval-shaped, and about ¼" (6.3 mm) long.
Edibility: Stems, leaves and seedpods may be pickled, and fresh leaves used in salads. It has a spicy, salty taste.
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Crithmum maritimum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 7a-9b: