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May 3, 2009 06:18 PM

ISO Samphire / Salicornia

I tried the St Lawrence Market a few months back, but they had no idea what I was asking for (some vendors tried offering a seaweed salad instead), so I'm sure I'm not describing myself well.

I am looking for Samphire / Salicornia / Grasswort, that is commonly eaten steamed and served with butter. Preferably to buy and cook at home, but open to restaurants serving it too.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I think you were describing it well enough-- its just a rare find, especially so far inland as Toronto. It also goes by 'common names' (though inaccurate) such as sea beans, sea asparagus, sea fennel...

    Anyhow, you can keep you eye out at the markets, but it wouldn't be a local supply. You may, perhaps, have more success with an online vendor. Westcoast Seaweed takes orders beginning in July.

    Also, try asking at the Yorkville Whole Foods. Apparently a Whole Foods near Boston, MA had them earlier this month. If some WF US are getting them (though not at my local store,) I imagine WF Canada can get them too.

    1. I have been looking for it for ages. I ate it in Quebec (along the St. Lawrence), fresh, but have not found it in Toronto, not that I have searched exhaustively...

      I'm also going to look into gg's suggestions. Here's hoping.

      1. I got some of it at the Cheese Boutique but it is in brine. Haven't tried it yet.

        1. I thought I saw some before at the vegetable seller in the basement of the St. Lawrence Market (at the bottom of the stairs). As per globalgourmand's suggestion I think you will have better luck calling it sea asparagus or sea beans. Calling it samphire may get you a CD of pan flute music.

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