What is samphire and where can you buy it?

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Discover what samphire is, where to shop for it, and how to use it in our ingredient glossary

What is samphire?

Samphire is a fleshy green plant that grows along British coastlines and has a salty taste. It is in season from June to September, and early shoots can be eaten raw for a briny kick. Otherwise, it’s often blanched then tossed through salads or served as a side, dressed in butter.


Where to buy samphire

Watts Farms Samphire, £2.25/90g, Ocado

Fresh Samphire, £24.73/500g, Amazon

Samphire recipes

Samphire with beurre blanc

This vibrant veggie dish oozing with buttery zing makes a satisfyingly crisp side to a spring roast or other meat-heavy meals.

Samphire Recipe with Beurre Blanc

Spaghetti alle vongole with samphire

Spaghetti alle vongole makes a classic Italian supper. The clams are cooked in dry white wine, which combined with the natural clam juice and samphire make a lovely rich sauce for the pasta.

Spaghetti Alle Vongole Recipe With Samphire