Young shoots - raw or cooked. Available in the spring, they have a delicate nutty flavour with a crisp texture. The shoots are usually blanched and can be cooked like asparagus. When properly cooked they retain their crispness and have a very agreeable flavour, somewhat like hazelnuts but with a slight bitterness. Root - cooked. Rich in starch and sugars.Young flower buds - raw or cooked. The flowering shoots are harvested when about 10 - 15cm long and before the flowers have opened. Used like sprouting broccoli, they are quite nice raw and delicious when lightly steamed[K].
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Crambe maritima.
Germination can be slow so it is best to sow the seed in pots in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place in 3 - 26 weeks at 15°c. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out into their permanent positions when they are at least 10cm tall. Division in spring or autumn. Dig up the root clump and cut off as many sections as you require, making sure they all have at least one growing point. The larger of these divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions, though small ones are best potted up and grown on in a cold frame until they are established.Root cuttings, 3 - 10 cm long, in spring. These can be planted straight into the open ground or you can pot them up in the greenhouse and plant them out once they are growing strongly.
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This species is hardy to about -20°c, it grows best in a cool maritime climate. Seakale is sometimes cultivated for its edible young shoots in the spring which are blanched by excluding light in order to make them less bitter. Two or three crops can usually be harvested each year. There are some named varieties. The roots are sometimes brought into a greenhouse in the winter and grown on there in order to produce an early crop of shoots. A deep-rooted and very long-lived plant, it dislikes root disturbance. The seed is dispersed by seawater, on which it can float for several days without loss of viability.A good bee plant.
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