Thursday, 14 February 2013
Hairy Bittercress - Foraged Salad Leaves
Hairy Bittercress, or Cardamine Hirsuta, is a member of the mustard family. And as you might expect from this, and it's watercress like appearance and name, it is slightly peppery and, well, bitter. Like adding herbs to salads, a little Hairy Bittercress added to a salad will give it a peppery tang every few mouthfuls.
So I'm going to harvest mine with the few lettuce leaves that survived the snow. And as Richard Mabey's Food for Free decribes it as "common and widespread...the leaves can be picked most months of the year" I don't think I'll have any problem finding any when my struggling lettuces have enough leaves to gather again.
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