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.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. She's into nature, gardening, and natural health. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

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

  1. 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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    1. 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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