Sea Sandwort
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Taken at White Sands on 25th June 2017 with Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.




 


Taken at Tyninghame Bay on 2nd June 2016 with Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
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Sea Sandwort.
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AKA:
Honckenya peploides.
Caryophyllaceae.
Perennial
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Grows at the edge of the sea.
May - August.
The young shoots of sea sandwort (before the plant flowers) have been used raw or cooked as a potherb. They have a sour taste (said however to be delicious) and are rich in vitamins A and C. The leaves are sometimes fermented and used like sauerkraut. There is an Icelandic tradition of steeping the plant in sour whey and fermenting it. The resulting liquid apparently tastes similar to olive oil and is used as a drink.