What plant is this?

What is this?

Do you know what this is? I’ll give you a clue, it’s edible, delicious even.

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  • Chuck

    Hmm. It’s not ice plant, is it?

  • http://www.beaskitchen.com/blog Bea at La Tartine Gourmande

    I know this is not the answer but it looks like a hybrid between sage and basil

  • http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/ sam

    Is it a Mesembryanthemum crystallinumaka aka ficoïde glaciale or ice plant?
    Probably not, but its the best guess I have.

  • http://www.ideasinfood.com H.Alexander Talbot

    Ice lettuce

  • http://www.welcometomypantry.blogspot.com/ lee

    Tetragonia spinach.

  • http://www.providencela.com staggerlee

    crystalline florets, sp.

  • http://www.providencela.com staggerlee

    crystalline florets, sp. ?

  • chris

    it’s basil!

  • http://www.eatdrinktalk.co.uk Jennifer Klinec

    It looks like it could be amaranth?
    Jennifer – http://www.eatdrinktalk.co.uk

  • http://gastronomy-101.blogspot.com KT

    I agree, it looks like wild amaranth …

  • Harold

    I’d vote for amaranth, too.
    I know it’s not Jean Banchet, because the photos don’t look like the ones that I saw on the web:-)
    Thanks for another quiz.

  • http://www.barefootbaking.com JoEllen

    Lamb’s Ear. When I was a child, we used to rub it on our cheeks and pretend it wsa rouge. I am not sure it would be pleasing to eat raw, though.

  • elarael

    It looks like New Zealand spinach or perhaps Mexican terragon.

  • elida

    I think it is Phicoyde Glacial; for salads it is very good….and for the Morue(fish)is excelent, she is very very delicate.

  • Chuck

    It looks like purslane to me.

  • elarael

    I meant New Zealand spinach or Mexican OREGANO! (Not tarragon.)

  • http://www.pistoynopisto.com Nopisto

    Ficoide Glacial, a greek salad with a frozen like crunchy texture.

  • http://ptipois.canalblog.com Ptipois

    I’m pretty sure it’s ficoïde glaciale ;-)

  • http://beanfeast.infotrope.net/ Skud

    I’d vote for purslane, but I’m probably wrong.

  • Pim

    It is Ficoïde Glaciale. We are growing it at the Manresa restaurant garden.
    It’s a type of ice plant, and it tastes quite interesting, crunchy and cool with a lot of moisture in it. I’ve only had it raw.
    Great job Sam, elida, Nopisto, Ptipois. Bravo!

  • denisencecil

    lamb’s ear, i think. it has that icy, fuzzy look.

  • http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/ sam

    ooh – cool – i had it only once in Paris exactly a year ago this week in fact.
    if you scroll down the page you can see it sitting on top of my scallops:
    I didnt know what it was back then so some kind readers helped me identify it.
    where do you get the seeds from?

  • Manresa Gardener

    We got the seeds from frenchgardening.com. It took me three tries to get it to grow propery, and it’s very hard to harvest, since it’s so fragile. You all should have seen how cute Pim looked, underneath the frost blanket, on her knees, trying to get that shot!

  • sam

    thank you manresa gardener. I just got to taste the results of your garden last weekend for the first time and it was a wonderful experience. No ice plant though.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/marc.r/ Marc

    I tried this plant for the first time a few weeks ago at Ubuntu in Napa. It was in a salad with lightly smoked potatoes, crispy fried potatoes, edible flowers (borage, probably), and roasted purple potatoes. The sourness and coolness was a perfect foil for the various forms of potato.
    (They grow it in their restaurant garden.)

  • dale

    ficoides glaciale and I grew it last year, its very good!