Sea Spray (Suaeda maritima)
How to Identify Sea Spray
Range and Distribution
North America, European Coasts and East Asia.
Coastal regions, growing around rocky areas, pebbles and often found on salt marshes, commonly dispersed amongst Marsh Samphire.
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.
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.