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Donald Watson

Donald Watson and his small team expertly forage our delicious marsh samphire from the Erme Estuary in south Devon, where it flourishes in a former organically certified dairy field that flooded when a 200-year-old sea wall broke.

After a few failed attempts to mechanise the task, they returned to picking painstakingly by hand; on a good day, they manage around 15kg each in the six to eight hours between tides when the beds are accessible.

The season only lasts for a few short weeks every summer, but it's a treat while it's here. Marsh samphire is tangy and succulent, delicious with scrambled eggs and fish.

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