Rock Samphire is on full display at the moment around the rocky outcrops of the peninsula. A member of the Carrot family, this plant has evolved to take a battering from the wild sea elements. Once widely cultivated by locals, it is finding popularity again by some of the top cuisines worldwide. A very aromatic and pungent plant, some liken the smell of its fleshy leaves when crushed to shoe polish and of tasting like kerosene! Not to be confused with Marsh Samphire (Glasswort) as the name suggests, this plant grows on rocks. Shakespeare even referred to the dangers of gathering the plant in King Lear- “Half-way down, Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade!” Samphire comes from the French ‘Saint Peter’ the Biblical Fisherman to whom the plant is dedicated. Several recipes online and as always, respect wildlife and take only what you need. Picture taken at Carnivan.