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limits of the tide #3 – Sea-blite (Sueda maritima (L.) Dumort.)

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Another edible coastal plant is Sea-blite (Sueda maritima (L.) Dumort.).  Sea-blite is a low-growing plant, often forming mats on the shore.   Sea-blite can also be found at inland locations, near salt springs.

Sea-blite has thick, linear leaves.  The flowers are small and fleshy, and grow in the axils of the stem.  At this time of year, Sea-blite is still a small, inconspicuous plant.  Later it will grow to between 3 and 5 dm.

The leaves of Sea-blite are very salty, and can be used as a source of salt in soup or stew, or an ingredient in salads.   Used as a pot-herb, they should be cooked for 10 to 12 minutes in two to three changes of boiling water, to reduce the salt content.

1. never eat any plant if you are not absolutely certain of the identification;
2. never eat any plant if you have personal sensitivities, including allergies, to certain plants or their derivatives;
3. never eat any plant unless you have checked several sources to verify the edibility of the plant.




               Sea-blite (Sueda maritima (L.) Dumort.)


fingers of Sea-blite

poke the salt air,

rebuke the salt sea

crave attention –

pick me!  pick me!!


fingers of Sea-blite

point politely at the pot

propose, diplomatically,

add a little more salt



©  Jane Tims  2012

Written by jane tims

June 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

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  1. I love your poem – it gives a little personality to plain little plant!


    Barbara Rodgers

    June 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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