Marsh Samphire (Salicornia europaea)

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Port Erin, Isle of Man

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Also known as “Glasswort”, this plant was once burned to produce soda ash that was used in glassmaking.

Marsh Samphire is also edible (and sometimes seen in supermarkets), but rather uncommon in the wild on the island. Foragers should take care not to cause its decline and avoid uprooting the plants.

The Manx name for this plant is “Lus ny gloinney”, which means “Plant of glass”.

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