poetry and prose about place

Sea-rocket (Cakile edentula Hook.)

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Sea-rocket, also known as Seaside Mustard and caquillier in French, is found on sandy or gravelly beaches along the coast.

Cakile is a sprawling plant with succulent, branched stems.  The leaves are thick and fleshy, with blunt-toothed margins.  The four-petalled flowers are small, purple and located at the tip of the stem.

The name Sea-rocket comes from the distinctive shape of the seed pods.  These have a narrow base and a pear-shaped tip, like a rocket.  Cakile is an old Arabic name and edentula means ‘without teeth’.

Sea-rocket is edible.  It has a hot, pungent taste, similar to radish.  The stems, leaves and pods can be added to salads or boiled for 5 to 10 minutes to give a milder taste.



Cakile wind


the beach sizzles today

the breeze a peppered wind

the sand Cakile-hot


wind scours the shore-bands

of seaweed – rockweed, kelp

bleaches them, crisped and dry


sand dries, adheres to skin

brushes away, a rub

a sandpaper polish


the tongue too hot for words

the seas too salt for tears

tans ruined, scorched  and red



©  Jane Tims  2012



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.

Written by jane tims

August 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

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  1. Beautiful pictures and poem.



    August 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

  2. What a beautiful beach and poem! I haven’t gotten to the ocean this summer–and this post makes me realize how much I love the seashore on a hot summer day.



    August 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    • Hi. I’m glad my post have you a little reminder of the beach. Hope you can go there this year! Jane


      jane tims

      August 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

  3. Wonderful poem, Jane. You captured a beach experience beautifully, with or without the sea rocket!


    Jane Fritz

    August 15, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    • Hi. Thanks. We had a hot one here today. So humid and hot, my glasses steamed up when I left the truck! Jane


      jane tims

      August 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

  4. Many thanks, Jane. I have a poet that sent out a challenge for writing about the sea …she puts them together in a wonderful publication when she collects them all…the publishes it electronically for anyone to download. (YAY WORDS! published by Aubrie Cox)… and I had no idea what to write I’ve been so busy with other things.

    Your posts have given me a treasure chest of things to write about the sea…. many thanks. This plant looks delicisous!



    August 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    • Hi Merrill. I’m sure the words will come to you. Thank you for your encouragement. Jane


      jane tims

      August 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

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