Identify Sea Spray

Sea Spray (Suaeda maritima)

How to Identify Sea Spray

Edible

Botanical Name
Suaeda maritima


Range and Distribution

North America, European Coasts and East Asia.


Habitat

Coastal regions, growing around rocky areas, pebbles and often found on salt marshes, commonly dispersed amongst Marsh Samphire.


Physical Characteristics

Sea Spray is low growing and sometimes sprawling annual with a thin round stem growing to a height of 35cm.

Its pale green to light yellow leaves are very narrow, pointed and almost cylindrical, up to 4cm long and succulent/fleshy. They look a little like soft, yellowish spruce needles.

It produces tiny yellow to green flowers found growing at the leaf axil, where the leaf connects to the main stem.


Edible Use

Leaves and young shoots: Best used fresh, adding on top of raw and cooked foods. Salads, salted, pickled.

 

Tips and Observations
I think Sea Spray, also known as Sea Blight is one of the most under used plants found growing around the coast. I’d go as far to say I prefer Sea Spray over Marsh Samphire, it’s slightly more fragrant and a little lighter on the salt side.

 

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