New season sea aster has lovely tender leaves with a tangy, slightly herby (bordering on fruity) flavour.
Use these fleshy leaves in salads, throw in a stir-fry, or blanch and serve as a side vegetable.
Once washed, use it immediately or it will quickly spoil. Unwashed it will easily last for a week in the fridge.
Brief cooking is best to retain the texture and flavour.
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