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Marsh Samphire - Where can I find Dorset, Devon or Cornwall

Marsh Samphire - Where can I find Dorset, Devon or Cornwall

I guys Im very new to this forum, infact this is my first post here.
Im very interested in foraging and have done a very small amount before and wish to learn more.

Im going on a camper trip next week and will be doing some fishing and wish to find some good foraged food to go with my Mackerel and wish to find some Marsh Samphire. Does anyone know of any spots around either Dorset, Devon or Cornwall that it grows? Particular locations and or a google map link to the whereabouts would be really appreciated.
sean

Welcome aboard. Very Happy Never found any round here though, sorry.
dean_butler

Welcome aboard. Very Happy Never found any round here though, sorry.


Thank you for the Welcome Sean. Really glad to find this place. Seems great. I am a member of a few forums. EG Fishing and VW Campervans and have been on the look out for a good Foraging forum and signed up to a few but not much action on them. This looks like it has some good members so looking forward to it Smile

PS out of interest does this forum use Tapatalk iPhone/iPad app? Just I use it on my other forums and be good to keep them all in one place.
earthmamma

Hello and welcome.
Don't know anywhere to find samphire, but just a thought have you tried looking/asking on the River Cottage website as it is down that way?! Smile
lettucewoman

rather late in the season for samphire I'm afraid...most of it will be yellow and stringy by now!Best time is late spring/summer...sorry not to be more help
dean_butler

Wow this is an active forum. Great to see. Thank you for the info's.
Even if its not the best time to pick Sad would be great to build a database in my head or locations where I could find.

Want to forage to go with my Mackerel I will be catching Smile
Minamoo

Rock samphire is more common than marsh samphire and tastes great with mackerel too. Keep your eyes out while walking on rocky beaches and you are very likely to find it. We found quite a lot of it in cornwall. Can't remember exactly where though it was in the Looe area if that helps. It might be a bit late for that too though mightn't it....Maybe not. I remember picking it this time of the year a couple of years ago. Can't remember whether it was edible or not though! Neutral
dean_butler

Hello and welcome.
Don't know anywhere to find samphire, but just a thought have you tried looking/asking on the River Cottage website as it is down that way?! Smile


Lol strangely I did post this exact same message on there but didnt get any hits so looked around and found you guys.
Jamanda

The Skern at Northam Burrows. dean_butler

The Skern at Northam Burrows.

Ahh Westward Ho... We often stop off there on our travels. Great info. Do you have a GPS or googley thing to home in on the area where you found it. Skern????
fungi2bwith

You'll find it around most mud flats of esturies at low tide in the south. e.g. in Dorset it is in the Fleet at the Weymouth end also in Axe estury. You'll find its common if you look in the correct environment. Jamanda

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=The+Skern

First link has a grid reference.
dean_butler

Thank you so much guys for this.
Just going to check link now.
Tavascarow

Rock samphire is more common than marsh samphire and tastes great with mackerel too. Keep your eyes out while walking on rocky beaches and you are very likely to find it. We found quite a lot of it in cornwall. Can't remember exactly where though it was in the Looe area if that helps. It might be a bit late for that too though mightn't it....Maybe not. I remember picking it this time of the year a couple of years ago. Can't remember whether it was edible or not though! Neutral
I know there's rock samphire at the beach below Menabilly Barton, between Par & Fowey on the South coast of Cornwall.
Beautiful beach, clean water (no sewerage outfalls nearby) & loads of large deep rock pools at low tide, so good for shellfish & crustaceans as well.
I've never found any marsh samphire, but one place that might be fruitful is the upper tidal reaches of the Fal between Tresilian & Truro.
& Welcome to the forum from me too.

Smile
dean_butler

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=The+Skern

First link has a grid reference.

Haha very good Smile-
dean_butler

Rock samphire is more common than marsh samphire and tastes great with mackerel too. Keep your eyes out while walking on rocky beaches and you are very likely to find it. We found quite a lot of it in cornwall. Can't remember exactly where though it was in the Looe area if that helps. It might be a bit late for that too though mightn't it....Maybe not. I remember picking it this time of the year a couple of years ago. Can't remember whether it was edible or not though! Neutral
I know there's rock samphire at the beach below Menabilly Barton, between Par & Fowey on the South coast of Cornwall.
Beautiful beach, clean water (no sewerage outfalls nearby) & loads of large deep rock pools at low tide, so good for shellfish & crustaceans as well.
I've never found any marsh samphire, but one place that might be fruitful is the upper tidal reaches of the Fal between Tresilian & Truro.
& Welcome to the forum from me too.

Smile

This is truely a great forum. This place sounds good. I was particularly after Marsh Samphire for its lovely salty taste to go with fish but im into trying some Rock too. Is Rock suppost to be nutty and taste a bit of carrots?

Our usual journey when we go down in the camper that end is to Start at Chesil Beach and Lyme then up to Ilfracombe, Woolcombe and around then onto Harlyn, Polzeath, Newquay, Crantock and Peranporth then pretty much do it all again in reverse. If these places sound familiar or you know of any near these? There is also the possibility of trying somewhere new down that end too Smile
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Rock samphire is more common than marsh samphire and tastes great with mackerel too. Keep your eyes out while walking on rocky beaches and you are very likely to find it. We found quite a lot of it in cornwall. Can't remember exactly where though it was in the Looe area if that helps. It might be a bit late for that too though mightn't it....Maybe not. I remember picking it this time of the year a couple of years ago. Can't remember whether it was edible or not though! Neutral
I know there's rock samphire at the beach below Menabilly Barton, between Par & Fowey on the South coast of Cornwall.
Beautiful beach, clean water (no sewerage outfalls nearby) & loads of large deep rock pools at low tide, so good for shellfish & crustaceans as well.
I've never found any marsh samphire, but one place that might be fruitful is the upper tidal reaches of the Fal between Tresilian & Truro.
& Welcome to the forum from me too.

Smile

i've seen it I think in the carnon river estury area, but that's one place i wouldn't be forraging. i draw the limit at knowingly getting stuff out of the water below that number of mines.
Tavascarow



Our usual journey when we go down in the camper that end is to Start at Chesil Beach and Lyme then up to Ilfracombe, Woolcombe and around then onto Harlyn, Polzeath, Newquay, Crantock and Peranporth then pretty much do it all again in reverse. If these places sound familiar or you know of any near these? There is also the possibility of trying somewhere new down that end too Smile If you just stick to the north Cornish coast you are missing some of the more beautiful parts of the county IMHO, but it sounds like your interests may be surfing as well as fishing/foraging.
If not there's plenty of good fishing on the South coast, & unlike Newquay, which IMHO is the pits, the pubs in places like Portloe, Coverack & Cadgwith are full of character & characters.
Especially now the main tourist season has ended.
robkb

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=The+Skern

First link has a grid reference.

Wow, that place looks fabulous. Thanks for the linky Smile
dean_butler

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=The+Skern

First link has a grid reference.

Haha very good Smile-

Yes this is a really great place. Definatly want to try and find more info like this.
dean_butler

Somone Just told me that Marsh Samphire is protected in this country and cannot be picked. First I have heard of it.

Does anyone know if this is true?
sean

I'm fairly sure it's not. There may be local by-laws about picking it in some places. Obviously all the usual foraging rules about private property, not uprooting whole plants, not picking from SSSIs etc apply to it. dean_butler

I'm fairly sure it's not. There may be local by-laws about picking it in some places. Obviously all the usual foraging rules about private property, not uprooting whole plants, not picking from SSSIs etc apply to it.

yes Im sure it was fine but someone I was talking to seemed to think it was protected ????
Jamanda



yes Im sure it was fine but someone I was talking to seemed to think it was protected ????

It's not on this list.
Cathryn

Hello, welcome to the forum.

Sorry to slightly thread steal but is it Marsh Samphire that we've picked with those mussels at Ynyslas Jamanda? It only grows to a few inches?
Jamanda

Hello, welcome to the forum.

Sorry to slightly thread steal but is it Marsh Samphire that we've picked with those mussels at Ynyslas Jamanda? It only grows to a few inches?

Yes. But it does get a bit bigger in places.
dean_butler

FOund both Marsh and Rock Samphire and had both with my caught Mackerel Smile yummersetter

Morrisons in Wincanton Wink robkb

Morrisons in Wincanton Wink

And Eltham, also Asda in Bexleyheath (although that came from Israel Mad )
dean_butler

Haha very good. I actually found it wild Smile robkb

Eltham can get pretty wild sometimes Wink fungi2bwith

I grew up and went to school in Eltham, I don't remember it being that wild! Smile Tania

Hi
Hopefully next year you'll find it growing in my garden as have brought some seeds to try - though maybe grumpy if you came in and took it! Very Happy
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