A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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This is a plant that is seen all over the Mediterranean. It is grown commercially in Spain, France and elsewhere and it is the buds that we find in bottles in the supermarket. Here in Greece the young leaves and stems are served pickled as a medze. As they're picked by hand they're fairly pricey but they're a versatile store cupboard ingredient, and are good for adding a distinctive sour/salty flavour to many savoury dishes.

Thanks to Julie Baxter for the photo.

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