Agretti is a reputedly delicious vegetable, similar to samphire in its stranded form. Also known as salsola, it’s rare here in the UK but more common in Italy, where it’s seen as a fairly high-end ingredient served in good restaurants.
I bought a pack of seeds and noted the warning of poor germination rates and the seeds being fussy about needing low temperature to germinate (no problem in this country!). Without much confidence I sowed all the seeds in a tray. They look like the corky beetroot seeds and within days they were all sprouting.
Today, just two weeks after sowing, I planted the shoots out into a raised bed. About 150 of them in total. Each should form a stalk with succulent deep green grass-like threads coming off it. A dozen of them boiled and served with butter is delicious they say. And would cost a fortune here, even if you could find anywhere serving it. This is one harvest I’m really looking forward to.
UPDATE: See how the agretti looked seven weeks later ..