When I first started foraging I was amazed to find out that the annoying 'weed' that had plagued our salad beds for years was in fact the delicious Hairy Bittercress, a welcome addition, not an invading enemy. Background: As I started to learn more about growing organically, I got to know my weeds better and I realised something: Many weeds are in fact edible. It produces seed pod s which spring open at a touch, widely dispersing the seeds. Your bitter victory cuts like a knife. Cardamine Bitter-cresses. You aren't a nice guy; you're a hairy jellyfish. Links A fairly 'heavy' link to US research on bittercress I have written about several weeds now.
Though it mainly flowers in the Spring and Summer, it has been known to flower at almost any time. Background: As I started to learn more about growing organically, I got to know my weeds better and I realised something: Many weeds are in fact edible. Beware any aerial bombardment however. This shrivelled bittercress will not recover. Without grinder you can not eat those eatables so you need to have those eatables.
British Wild Plant: Cardamine hirsuta Hairy Bittercress
The difference is that most of the flowers on C. They were traditionally used in soups and stews, to flavour ale, as a hot drink, and were also hung in clothes cupboards in Tudor times as a moth repellant. I'd love to learn more. The seed capsules explode at the slightest touch when they are mature, dispersing their contents widely, but if consumed earlier they have a more intense peppery taste than the leaves. Friday, 3 October Eat your weeds.
The only one that actually worked was withdrawn because of licensing costs. Growing Information Best sown in autumn but can be sown at any time of the year. My garden is full of these after all this rain and was wondering if we could eat them as our garden is organic so anything grown there should be good I gave up with veg which doesn't grow well here, bit shady, though borage grows brilliantly. This bittercress is very low growing and is rife in extremely wet conditions. Weeds that hide under a canopy and sneaklilyset seed or later pop up through it like epilobiums do are a real nuisance Sarah. I find them only slightly bitter, and not all that hairy.