Sometimes called "sea asparagus," samphire is a remarkably rugged vegetable that you may have witnessed during a weekend trip to the coast. It grows in places few vegetables can: rocky, salt-sprayed regions near the ocean.
Perhaps for obvious reasons, samphire makes for the perfect vegetable complement to fish dishes. In England, they have been pickled and thrown in salads for centuries. This resilient plant has even been investigated as a potential biodiesel source.