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Danish Scurvy-grass (Cochlearia danica)

Dave Simpson (May)



Not all climbers suffer with vitamin deficiency, however if you have pale skin, bleeding gums and loss of teeth then you could be suffering with a severe bout of scurvy. Do not fear, you need not waste your money on fruit and veg. This little plant is rich in vitamin C and has been used by sailors and seafaring folk for generations.
It is a salt tolerant plant which grows in little rocky nooks and crannies, so get yourself down to the coast for a days sea cliff climbing and eat the succulent shield shape leaves of this plant. The leaves have a strong peppery taste similar to that of horseradish and watercress, so you could even take some home to add to your salad. Enjoy!






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