More on Hairy Bittercress

Those of you who have been reading the blog for awhile may remember that I warned you about hairy bittercress, the pretty little weed that tends to take over our gardens in the spring. Now I find out the leaves are edible and add a mild and peppery flavor to spring salads.

The plants have actually been lurking near the surface all winter, having germinated in the fall and waited out the cold temperatures before sending up flowers and seeds.

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) leafs out in a basal rosette, and like other members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), its tender greens are edible. Though the flowers can be tough to chew, the tender leaves are suitable for a chic microgreens salad and have tons of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.

A warning – try to pull up all the plants before they flower and go to seed, or you’ll be sorry.

This information is from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.(not the last paragraph – that’s original Kathy Winters!)

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