Force Seakale for Early Stems

Seakale can be forced in just the same way as rhubarb, and will produce lots of tender, creamy-white stems but unlike Rhubarb it can be forced in the first season.

You won’t find this unusual vegetable in supermarkets but growing your own is so simple - it is actually a UK native hardy perennial which can be found growing above the high-tide mark along many of our coastlines.

Seakale is quite a pretty plant in its own right, with fleshy, glaucous leaves and abundant white flowers, so it has good ornamental value too! Once forced the tender, blanched stems can be cooked and served like asparagus.