Stranger on the Shore
Pity the plant that’s lost its former fame; pity the plant that’s even lost its name. For most people ‘samphire’ is the green, crunchy shoots nowadays offered on fish-stall counters.
However, this salty tasting marsh samphire (Salicornia europaea) can be seen as something of an interloper ...
Rob Dover’s neighbouring cleeves of samphyre, to excite his dull and sickly taste, and stir up appetite.
Poly-Olbion, Micheal Drayton, 1612
(cleeves = cliffes)