Salt Cedar Salad – Horta
Like all islands, Poros is ringed by the sea – and the salt air requires a hardier type of vegetation like the sea lavender (amarando) seen around the island. Another such plant is the tamarix or salt cedar – and because there aren’t that many growing along the shore, my mother was always quite excited to spot one.
The salt cedar is one of the wild edible greens – horta – that we eat in Greece. It’s a green plant, with many short spikes that boils well and is eaten warm or cool. Never salt when cooking as the plant absorbs quite a bit of sea salt from the air where it grows.
This salad is a special treat. What follows isn’t so much a recipe as instructions for preparing salt cedar – and is so simple that my mother and her friends burst out laughing when I asked them for the ‘recipe’. But the taste is no laughing matter!