One of the more interesting applications of saltgrass involves its use in the reclamation of salinated soils for forage and agricultural use. Although data is still being collected on the effectiveness of Distichlis for this purpose, as of March 2003, at least one variation of saltgrass, Distichlis spicata var yensen-4a, also known as "NyPa Forage," had been engineered specifically to produce larger seed for livestock consumption and was being marketed commercially (refer to the company who engineered this seed, NyPa, for more information). A number of studies are currently underway, many sponsored by the government of Australia, to test the long term potential of using Distichlis plants to produce food in this fashion .
As far as its role in American history, saltgrass along
the Atlantic coast, interestingly, represented the primary source of
hay for early colonists .
Landscaping and Restoration:
The USDA Forest Service notes that Distichlis is
very well suited for water and wind erosion control in saline sites.
Examples of stabilized sites include salt-contaminated oil drills, red
mud mine tailings, dry lakebeds, irrigation ditches, previously disturbed
riparian sites and roadside ditches .
Other uses :
Native Americans who inhabited the coast of California also apparently used saltgrass as a seasoning, threshing the blades and collecting the salt. The resulting spice was said to taste like a salty dill pickle. 
Last updated March 2003, Justin Kitzes.
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