Pickled Marsh Samphire

This fantastic Pickled Marsh Samphire recipe uses ancient hedgerow spices to create a truly sublime pickle.

I’d heard whispers that Marsh Samphire (Salicornia) used to grow around an estuary that is near me. So I went exploring and finally found the hidden beds.

Such is the joy of chasing plants. This pickled marsh samphire recipe was well worth the wait…

Pickled Marsh Samphire Recipe Ingredients

  • 300g Marsh Samphire
  • 500ml white wine vinegar
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp alexanders seeds
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp wild fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • 3 jam jars

Pickled Marsh Samphire Recipe Instructions

  1. Boil spice mix for three minutes, allow to cool then strain.
  2. Blanch Marsh Samphire for 60 seconds, strain and plunge into cold water, then immediately drain and allow to air dry for 10 minutes.
  3. Put Marsh Samphire into jars and pour over the cool spiced vinegar and seal with a non-metallic lid or use grease-proof paper to protect the metal lid.

Makes: 3 jam jars


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  1. Pip the whole point of my site is to go and gather the plants and make the recipes yourself. As a result I have no idea where to buy any from. You can certainly pick up samphire in your local Waitrose!

  2. Luckily, I can buy Samphire from my Greengrocer! This recipe interests me — can you tell me what is meant by ‘Alexander’s Seeds’? No problem with the other ingredients:
    Thanks ?

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