Tired of tasteless greens in your salads? Perhaps it's time you visited the ocean and gathered some fleshy leaves of American Sea-rocket (Cakile edentula). This plant grows above the high-tide line, among rocks or in the sand, and survives salty, sunny and windy conditions that few species can tolerate.
In early May, thousands of American Sea-rocket seedlings appeared on a small crescent beach I frequent here in southern Maine. Since then, every time I visit, I sample a few leaves and enjoy their peppery punch. The plants have grown since early May, and just yesterday I noticed a few plants beginning to flower. The flowers, young seedpods, and fleshy leaves of this plant are edible (raw or cooked), if you can handle their pungency.
For photos of American Sea-rocket flowering and fruiting, visit Go Botany. Before consuming any wild plants, please make sure you've identified the plants positively and considered my other foraging guidelines.