Making Pickled Sea Asparagus July 26, 2016 15:16

How to Make Delicious Pickled Asparagus! A little taste of the ocean in your salad.

Over the weekend I went to Nanoose Bay to spend some time soaking up the sun and dipping my feet in the water.

A Beautiful Day at Nanoose Bay

I frequently walk along Wall Beach looking for things that have washed up on the rocks like shells, bones, and bits of metal. So I set out with my backpack filled with bags and a water bottle (something I usually forget) and headed down to the water.


I forgot that it was the perfect season for sea asparagus and was pleasantly surprised to see so much of it when I went around the point!

Panorama of Nanoose Bay

Salicornia (sea asparagus, sea bean, glasswort, pickleweed, samphire) is a species of salt tolerant succulent found in North America, Europe, South Africa, and South Asia. The best time to harvest (in my experience) is June - September. When eaten raw, sea asparagus basically just tastes like solidified ocean water (very salty, kind of seaweed-y).

It can also be boiled and served like land asparagus or chopped up and used in soups or stews and pairs nicely with seafood.

Sea Asparagus in Natural Wilderness

I figured I would try something new this time and ferment them since I had seen many recipes for pickled sea asparagus. I was able to find a couple recipes through the internet and combined them.


Fermented Sea Asparagus Recipe


You will need:

  • Enough sea asparagus to fit in a 1L mason jar
  • 2 cloves garlic (quartered)
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • A two-piece fermentation weight (or boiled rock that can fit through the mouth of the jar)
  • Something to cover your jar (airlock, pickle pipe, fabric cover, plastic lid)
Ingredients for Pickling Sea Asparagus

Steps:

  • Cram the sea asparagus and garlic into the jar
  • Dissolve the salt in warm water
  • Cover sea asparagus with the brine
  • Place weight on top making sure all the sea asparagus is under the brine
  • Cover the jar opening
  • Wait for 3-6 weeks
  • Enjoy!
Pickled Sea Asparagus

Sea Asparagus Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups roughly chopped sea asparagus
  • 2 cups chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (or other small tomato)
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper (to taste)

Toss everything together in a bowl and take to a picnic!