What is Samphire?
Samphire, sea beans, sea asparagus, pickleweed - Whatever you call it, Samphire is a crisp, fresh, salty, crunchy, succulent green. It’s packed with nutrients like vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Like other sea vegetables it contains fucoidans, a neat antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. Samphire is paired with any seafood and is prepared raw, soaked (so that it’s less salty), fried with garlic and butter, dried and ground into salt, frozen or pickled to enjoy year round. It’s a tasty and versatile treat native to our B.C. coast and has been harvested here for thousands of years by the Mowachaht Muchalaht people.
Who are we?
Samphire foraging is a small women owned and operated Community Contribution Company based in Tahsis B.C. on Nuu-Chah-nulth territory. We live and harvest samphire and other wild plants in around Nootka Sound, an abundant series of inlets on the outer edge of the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. We respect and acknowledge the unbroken relationship that the Nuu-chah-nulth people have with the land, species and creatures that inhabit it with us.
We want our work to be as sustainable as possible and do what we can from harvest to delivery to ensure that we are leaving this world better off. We love sharing our healthy and rich wild food with the rest of B.C. We are so proud to live and thrive here!
Our small team harvests fresh Samphire in June and July. Prices vary depending on the year. We post our prices and set our delivery schedule mid May.