food of ancient mariners.
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.
10 thoughts on “Monday Morning #Haiku 30 — Sea-kale”
Lovely haiku and pic, Sarah. Wishing you a happy week. 🙂
Thank you, Sylvia. Wishing you a happy week, too 🙂
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.
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.
This is a wonder post. Beautiful picture, a charming haiku and a little history lesson to boot.
I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
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Should of been wonderful.
thanks for that bit of info and a lovely image and haiku. (Travelling now so sporadic on WP)
Thanks, Cybele. Hope you’re enjoying your travels. And relevant to this, I think you might like my post for today https://sarahpotterwrites.com/2014/09/10/wordless-wednesday-my-ancestral-tartans-though-i-be-a-southerner/