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          Seakale

 





Latin Name

     Crambe maritima

Alternative Name


Description and Uses

Seakale is a native British plant that has been cultivated for centuries.  As a wild plant it is found on shingle beaches, particularly around Southern Britain and the northern European coastline.

Although it has coarse, leathery leaves which are bitter to eat, the blanched shoots are tender, succulent and relatively sweet.  Seakale is strictly seasonal as a vegetable, the first shoots only can be blanched and these appear in late winter/early spring.

Blanching can be carried out using any method that excludes light from the growing shoots.  'Seakale forcing pots' that are similar to Rhubarb pots are available.


Cultivation




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