Eryngium > Apiaceae
is a genus of about 259 species of flowering plants in the family Apiaceae.
Common Name: Sea Holly ; エリンジウム／まつかさあざみ
Edible parts of Sea Holly (Eryngium maritime) :
Young shoots – cooked. They are normally blanched by excluding light from the growing plant, and are then used as an asparagus substitute. They are said to be palatable and nourishing.
Root – cooked. Used as a vegetable or candied and used as a sweetmeat. Palatable and nutritious, it is slightly sweet and smells of carrots. The boiled or roasted roots are said to resemble parsnips or chestnuts in flavor.