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Salicornia, aka Sea Beans, where to buy?

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mandelabra Aug 21, 2008 10:59 AM

Salicornia is a tasty little succulent plant that grows in salt marshes. Its flavor is reminiscent of a salty asparagus with maybe a little spinach thrown in. It's also known as picklewort, glasswort, sea beans or samphire. I had it in one of the most amazing and memorable salads I've ever had -- it was paired with quail eggs, mache and mulberries, if I'm remembering correctly. Has anyone seen it for sale anywhere -- farmer's markets, specialty stores, anywhere? Please help.

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    mandelabra Aug 26, 2008 05:33 PM

    Hmm.... disappointed that no-one has seen this anywhere. Normally you guys are like Johnny-on-the-spot! Perhaps these links might help, for anyone who needs more info?

    http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/06/salicornia.php
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salicornia

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      PinkElephant Aug 26, 2008 05:41 PM

      Maybe the staff at http://globalseawater.com/contact.html could give you a point in the right direction.

      1. globalgourmand May 3, 2009 08:46 PM

        Westcost Seaweed has been my online success online so far: http://www.westcoastseaweed.com/seabe...

        I also saw that one of the Massachusetts Whole Foods stores had them in early May 2009. So perhaps inquire at your nearest WF, if you should be so fortunate. Otherwise try farmer's markets if you're near a coastline.

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          mandelabra May 5, 2009 11:42 AM

          Cool! Thank you so much!

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