Monday, 13 February 2012

Hairy bittercress: a tasty and healthy addition to salad

This tiny weed, Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is probably around in your garden this time of the year. It germinates when it gets colder and grows in winter! It loves disturbed soil, so it tends to pop up where you have been digging or weeding. Don't throw it on the compost heap, because it's edible and actually quite nice. It tastes a bit peppery, but not too hot and is a great and healthy addition to salads, or in couscous. Harvest before it flowers. Just lift the little rosettes, cut the roots off, rinse, chop and enjoy! This fresh energy and it's vitamine C is exactly what we need right now.

This post was shared Wildcrafting Wednesday at The Woodwife's Journal

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it is really nice, we often have it in salads in winter. Unfortunately, it's disappeared under the snow recently! And in the summer we have purslane, which most people look on as a noxious weed and just want to get rid of.

    When we lived in Scotland we had a lot of ground elder in the garden. That was really nice lightly cooked with salt and pepper, and very nutritious . . . if you can't beat it, eat it!


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