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Secrets of the Seashore: Exploring Edible Delights of Cornwall’s Coastline

June 13, 2023



Embark on a culinary journey through Cornwall's seashore with our comprehensive guide to foraging the edible treasures of the coast. Learn about the region's nutritious marine plants, and how to identify, harvest, and cook them.


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In amongst the rocks

As Cornwall's rugged coastline unfurls itself under the changing tides, it offers up a multitude of hidden edible delights. This post aims to delve deep into the secrets of the seashore, revealing a world of culinary adventure waiting right at your feet.

Beta vulgaris

One of the coastal plants native to Cornwall that you'll want to keep an eye out for is Sea Beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima). Often found around the high tide mark, this hardy perennial boasts succulent leaves that can be used much like spinach in a variety of dishes. Its vibrant, dark green leaves are a staple for many foragers who appreciate its mild, earthy flavour.


Next on our list is the flavour-packed Samphire (Salicornia europaea), a maritime plant that thrives in the salty soil of Cornwall’s tidal zones. Its crunchy texture and naturally salty flavour make it a beloved companion for fish dishes. Remember, it's crucial to forage samphire sustainably by cutting the tops and allowing the plants to regrow.


Kelp is another marine treasure that you'll find abundantly across Cornwall’s coastline. The giant seaweed is a powerhouse of nutrients like iodine and potassium and is versatile in the kitchen. Kelp can be dried and powdered to be used as a flavour enhancer or cut and added directly to soups and stir-fries.


And who could forget the Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)? This bright orange berry, bursting with Vitamin C, adds a distinctive tangy taste to foraged dishes and can even be made into a nutritious homemade juice.

Food for Thought

But, before you start your foraging adventure, remember that safety is paramount. Always be sure of the plant’s identity before consuming and beware of over-harvesting to ensure these delightful ingredients can continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. Furthermore, always check local regulations about foraging, as some areas may have restrictions to protect the local ecosystem.

The magic of Cornwall's coastline is not just in its breathtaking views but also in the edible secrets it offers up with each tide. So, put on your wellies, grab a basket, and get ready to explore the secrets of the seashore.