Sea kale

Crambe maritima

Seakale grows on the coast and islands of Estonia. At the same time it is a pretty sight and a nutritious vitamin rich edible plant. The succulent leaves with crinkly edges and the countless aromatic white flowers attract bees, animals and humans alike to taste this wild cabbage. The different parts of sea kale — leaves, stems, shoots and flowers — make up an abundant array of tastes, textures and colours. The seed pods of seakale, “sea peas”, mature near the end of the growth-cycle of this amazing plant. In these juicy fruits, the taste of peas, cabbage and broccoli blend into each other. Different parts of seakale can be foraged throughout the summer and used like any other cabbage, though the older leaves benefit from a quick blanching due to their slightly bitter taste.