A few words about rock samphire
WHAT IS ROCK SAMPHIRE?
Rock samphire is a plant known since antiquity for its therapeutic qualities and its particular characteristic flavor.
It contains nutrients such as iodine, vitamin e, c, k and mineral salts. It is also rich in high quality antioxidants and fat omega -3. It stimulates skin renewal, it is beneficial for the liver and kidney’s malfunctions and has aphrodisiac qualities.
USES AND TASTY COMBINATIONS
It is an ideal delicacy for ouzo and it goes perfectly with fish and seafood as well. It is served in greek salads and boiled vegetables by adding a unique flavor. Its essential oils are an indispensable ingredient in aromatic or spicy sauces that garnish fish or meat. Combined with rusk, feta, graviera cheese, omelettes , you can taste it with boiled rice, chickpeas, lentils and beans or on its own like a cold salad.
In an exhibition that took place in Plauen, in Germany, the Greek rock samphire won the first natural product award.
Rock samphire contains many nutrients, such as iodine, and vitamins E, C and K and mineral salts. It also contains high quality antioxidants and omega-3 fats.
Rock samphire is considered as a multi-medicine. The iodine that rock samphire contains is essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormones. Rock samphire is an excellent diuretic and blood purifier, and is also beneficial for the liver.
Its extract and its essential oil are used in cosmetics. Rock samphire has a range of qualities and uses in cosmetic products. It plays a role in stimulating skin healing mechanism and helps to regulate the production of keratin by giving a glow to the skin and improving its color. Moreover, it has an effect on discoloration of brown spots in the skin.
As it is rich in amino acids and phenolic compounds, it enhances antioxidant protection and stimulates effectively skin renewal by providing excellent anti-aging results.
In herbal medicine, since the years of Hippocrates (4th century BC) till today, it is used as therapeutic for liver, intestinal and renal malfunctions. Recent researches have shown that rock samphire has aphrodisiac qualities.
It is used also as a starter emmenagogue and detoxifier of the body. Vitamin K that rock samphire contains is essential for proper bone formation and blood clotting. Vitamin K may help against osteoporosis by enhancing calcium activity and facilitating bone structure. Vitamin C contained in the rock samphire is known for several functions in the human body.
More precisely, some of the processes in which this vitamin is involved ,are listed below:
• Collagen synthesis - intracellular "cement" of the body.
• Tissue developing and repairing , wound healing.
• Generation of antibodies and stimulation of white blood cells.
• Creation of corticosteroid hormones in the adrenal glands.
• Absorption of the iron and the required accumulation in the bone marrow, spleen and liver.
• As an antioxidant nutrient, protects the water soluble substances from oxidation by allowing its own oxidation.
• As an antihistamine, it reduces the effect of histamine that is produced by the immune system.
Finally, the omega-3 that rock samphire contains, is known that it can improve mental health helping in this way to insulate the nerve cells in the brain and enabling nerve cells to communicate with each other. People having "deficiency" in omega 3 may suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia.
In all seasons. Rock samphire is kept perfectly in the brine.
It can be used as a side dish with ouzo or wine. It is an excellent add to vegetables, especially potato and tomato salad, by giving a unique flavor. More recipes can be found on our site.
Indeed, rock samphire belongs to super foods. Scientists have characterized rock samphire as the food of the future, as it constitutes a highly rich source of vitamin C.
The history of rock samphire dates back to antiquity. In ancient Greece famous doctors such as Dioscorides, the father of pharmacology and the famous herbalist Plinios are referred to the plant and its nutritional values. Rock samphire was in high esteem. Since the ages of Hippocrates, it is considered one of the most important medicines and so far it is used for its diuretic and detoxifying qualities. Also it is found in mythology, especially in the history of Prometheus.
Contemporary masters of gastronomy characterize it as an "incomparable flavor treasure", as it is rich in fragrances presenting in this way a complex taste. They use rock samphire as a starter , side dish , in the main course as well, since it is considered as a gift of nature to the human.
After opening, the product will be kept refrigerated.