Sometimes there are things we’ve been keen to try for a long time, but for whatever reason have never managed to find at the right time. Samphire is a perfect example. A couple of weeks ago I was close to Suffolk Food Hall (@suffolkfoodhall), so it seemed rude not to drop in and do a little shopping. On the fish counter they had some beautiful looking Dover sole off a boat from Felixstowe, and there on the front of the counter was a small mound of samphire. This was the right time!
Samphire is a coastal vegetable, sometimes known as sea asparagus. It grows on mudflats and marshland, which means it does very well around parts of the East Anglian coast. You can definitely tell that it comes from by the sea from the taste. That probably doesn’t make it sound too appetising, but it really was good. And it was perfect accompaniment to the delicious fish, which we grilled and had with boiled new potatoes. We just steamed the samphire for just a couple of minutes until it was tender, and then added a small knob of butter to melt over it. A really simple but super-tasty meal.
Only a few days later we came across more samphire. This time it was at the Essex Food Festival, courtesy of Jeff from Samphire Shop (@samphireshop), who was selling it along with amazing pork pies and other treats from their smallholding in South Norfolk. This time we cooked the samphire in the same way, but just ate it on its own (except for the butter of course!).
Samphire’s in season mainly around July and August, so hopefully there’s time for some more yet.