breadcrumb Field Guide: Food Web - Pickleweed

Food Web

Plants: Pickleweed


pickleweed plant
Close-up of pickleweed

Extensive pickleweed marshes are found along the Elkhorn Slough's main water channel.

Pickleweed  is a salt-loving plant that tolerates the constantly changing environment of the salt-marsh estuary. Its Latin name Salicornia means "salt horns," and describes the shape of the top sections of the plant that are filled with salt. One reason the plant is commonly called “pickleweed” is because when it is young, it is greenish-gray and looks like little pickles. In some communities, its tender green tips are harvested and used to garnish salads or cooked and pickled. As the plant ages, it takes on a bright red color.

pickleweed plant

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