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Monday Morning #Haiku 30 — Sea-kale

Sea-kale

Wholesome sea-kale,
food of ancient mariners.
Protected species.

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Please note that in the UK (and probably other countries), it’s illegal to harvest sea-kale that’s growing in the wild.

In the old days, this super-nutritious plant saved the lives of many mariners by helping prevent scurvy, but then Victorian foodies over-harvested sea-kale and now it’s so rare that it has become a protected species. But the good news is that you can buy packets of seeds and grow it in your gardens or allotments.

The ones in the picture above, I found amidst camomile flowers on the shoreline a few miles from my home and this was first time since my childhood that I’ve seen them in their natural habitat.

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10 thoughts on “Monday Morning #Haiku 30 — Sea-kale

  1. Lovely haiku and pic, Sarah. Wishing you a happy week. 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Monday Morning Haiku #30 -- Sea-kale | Gaia Gazette

  3. It’s fascinating learning about the flora of other places. We have wild thyme in the yard, and I use that in cooking. Tried violets (I think it was) once, but haven’t used dandelions. Thank you for the botany lesson, Sarah.

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    • You’re lucky having thyme in your yard. It won’t grow in my garden, either wild or cultivated. It shrivels up and disappears every “time” (note the unintended pun) I attempt to plant any.

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  4. This is a wonder post. Beautiful picture, a charming haiku and a little history lesson to boot.

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  5. thanks for that bit of info and a lovely image and haiku. (Travelling now so sporadic on WP)

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