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coastal succulent pink plant? what is this?

 
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Location: Southern New England, seaside, avg yearly rainfall 41.91 in, zone 6b
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I found this plant yesterday growing in a quay by a brackish pond. It seems firm yet juicy. (I didn't break it, I'm only guessing) I am using the picture with my 3 year old's hand in it so you can get an idea of scale.
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It looks like a samphire to me, but I couldn't find any images that matched the pink stem.
Samphire is very saught-after in Europe as a vegetable. It's crunchy, with a salty 'sea' flavour and traditionally eaten with seafood (surprise, surprise!)
I'm sure someone on your side of the world will have a more definite id
 
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Yes , Salicornia rubra . aka Sea Asparagus , Marsh Samphire . Turns red in the fall. I bought this for a restaurant I was running in the '80s . Some poor soul was trying to market this , it did not go over well . I thought it was nice but not for everyone.
 
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I wonder if it could be a niche market. Fancy local free range organic wild sorry of thing.

Anyway. I'm interested. It is an interesting plant. Seems crunchy, I'm going to be on the lookout for more. It was growing in poor sandy soil
 
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