May 9, 2006

Rapid Rhetoric: SAMPHIRE

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This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

samphire - n. an edible wild plant found in coastal regions of Britain. The plant has fleshy, aromatic leaves that have long been regarded as a delicacy, and it is sometimes used as a garnish in London restaurants.

A variant, called golden samphire, is found throughout coastal areas of Eurasia.

The plant is sometimes referred to as "sea asparagus." Here is a tasty-sounding recipe for blanched samphire.

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