Glasswort

(Salicornia europaea) An annual plant of salt marshes, very rich in minerals (Schauenberg & Paris). Its ashes were used at one time in making glass (and soap). Cattle eat it greedily for its salty taste (Grieve. 1931), and, in any case, steeped in malt vinegar, the young shoots make a good pickle, and were often used as a substitute for samphire (Grieve. 1931), as is obvious when names for it like Marsh Samphire or Rock Samphire (Britten & Holland) are considered, though they say it is inferior to the proper stuff (Hepburn). Nevertheless, it was still collected in the

Eastern counties of England for pickling in recent times (Grigson. 1955), and may even now be gathered still.

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