Salt marsh salad greens

5 Jun

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It’s low tide now though the muddy area which is approximately 40 ft  below the grassy salt marsh in the photo will be covered in salt water twice a day, everyday, here in the Bay of Fundy, home of the world’s highest tides. This salt marsh and the surrounding dykelands have provided me with numerous summer salad greens and pot herbs over the last 3 decades, so I’ll show you just 3 that are starting to make an appearance now.

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On the salt marsh side of the dyke’s bank, here is a common edible plant which grows throughout  much of N.A. and is known as Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis).

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This one is also on the dyke’s edge and is rarely foraged in the maritime provinces, it is a coastal plant in north-eastern N.A., though I’m going to introduce it inland into my garden this year, Scotch Lovage (Ligusticum scothicum).

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There are a few different varieties of Orache out here on the salt marsh and I’ll stick with the most common name used I suspect, Atriplex hastata. There are well over 10 other good edibles greens growing out in this area which I will show you this summer as they appear, many can go directly into salads un-cooked and also make excellent ingredients in stir-fry as well.

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4 Responses to “Salt marsh salad greens”

  1. Jay June 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    brighter light.

  2. 1left June 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Yes J, Bright and windy are the marshlands in late spring and the salt marsh plants are the last in the area to wake up after the winter, though they grow intensely in July. Interesting spot for animal and bird close encounters in this vast area of great visibility, many deep pauses.

  3. mobius faith June 6, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Great info. I’ve always wanted to get there to NB to see the Hopewell Rocks there at the bay.

    • 1left June 6, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Yes the Rocks are near the mouth of the Petitcodiac (Chocolate) River with the Fundy tides being a major factor in the formations there. Actually my sister was a guide there for a time and wrote the companion book of the Hopewell Rocks back in 2006. ciao

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