We love Hertfordshire, its forests and hedgerows, but one thing it lacks is a coastline.
The British seashore is one of the most rewarding places to forage, offering a whole host of edible wild plants that inlanders like us can only dream of. We get very jealous watching our coastal-foraging friends dining out on samphire and sea kale and endless edible seaweeds. So we thought we’d get in on the action.
This week, The Foragers road-tripped to the Essex coast to stock up on some sea vegetables, particularly samphire and sea purslane. An added bonus was a huge patch of alexanders we spotted from the car, their big black spicy seeds (which taste like blackcurrant, licorice and cough medicine) ready to be harvested. Alexanders are a wayside, hedgerow plant but strangely they only truly flourish in hedgerows within a mile of the sea. Yet another reason to be jealous of the sea-folk. Here’s alexander:
After our trip, we lit a fire and George cooked up a totally wild dish of cod with samphire, sea purslane and wild cabbage.
And you can check out a video of our foraging trip and well-earned wild meal in this installment of Foragers TV!