If you haven’t tried sea asparagus, here’s your chance to taste the unusual plant that’s growing in popularity. It’s in season for about six weeks and will be sold at the Core Hero Hard Cider booth starting June 17 at the Edmonds Museum Farmers Market.
“On my hands and knees, I pick the sea asparagus that grows wild near a small apple orchard I manage at Lopez Island,” explains Steve Kaiser, owner of Core Hero. “If properly prepared, it goes very well with seafood, pasta, mixed with mashed potatoes, raw in salads and pickled.”
Sea asparagus is salty and slightly bitter when raw. Kaiser recommends you soak it in water for about one hour to reduce the saltiness. After soaking, blanch in boiling water for one to two minutes and immediately submerge in ice water to stop the cooking and prevent discoloring. Then, either saute with reduced hard cider or with garlic and butter.
Recipes, market dates and hard cider store locations are available at the booth and at CoreHeroHardCider.com.
Sea asparagus, a small annual herb, is also known as pickleweed, samphire greens, sea beans, glasswort and sea fennel.
Caption: Core Hero Hard Cider harvests wild sea asparagus from Lopez Island where apples are grown for the handcrafted cider made in Edmonds.