Blinq Blossom mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Description

Perfect as an added salty pop of flavor to vegetable dishes or your favorite fish dish, this is the new pop-star of the gourmet chef world. Also used as an edible garnish for anything from steak tartare to sushi. Blinq Blossom is a succulent originally native to South Africa but grows in many Mediterranean-like climates.  It has an edible flower and the cristalina leaves glisten due to water vesicles which make the leaves look like they are encrusted in crystals. This easy to grow plant likes dry areas with well-drained soils. As the plant grows, it naturally accumulates salt from the surrounding soil. At the end of its life cycle, it releases the accumulated salt back into the soil– making it difficult for other plants, except for iceplant, to grow in the same area. Photo courtesy of Terroir Seeds.

Description

Perfect as an added salty pop of flavor to vegetable dishes or your favorite fish dish, this is the new pop-star of the gourmet chef world. Also used as an edible garnish for anything from steak tartare to sushi. Blinq Blossom is a succulent originally native to South Africa but grows in many Mediterranean-like climates.  It has an edible flower and the cristalina leaves glisten due to water vesicles which make the leaves look like they are encrusted in crystals. This easy to grow plant likes dry areas with well-drained soils. As the plant grows, it naturally accumulates salt from the surrounding soil. At the end of its life cycle, it releases the accumulated salt back into the soil– making it difficult for other plants, except for iceplant, to grow in the same area. Photo courtesy of Terroir Seeds.