Not bitter at all!

On Friday, I learned of a year-round salad that I could forage from my very own garden. I say ‘forage’ as Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is a wildflower which I had previously been pulling up and disposing of.

I espied a small patch today which seemed like a fitting accompaniment to a salad I was making with foods gleaned from the reduced aisle (the only way I buy out-of-season vegetables). Of course, I had a nibble first, to make sure I wasn’t about to mar the dish, and was pleased that it does not live up to its name. That is, it is not bitter – but it does taste like cress.

Hairy Bittercress is a member of the brassica family, so for some it could have a bitter taste. I am supposedly a super-taster but after a childhood of being forced to eat sprouts, I have grown to like the brassicaceae. Maybe not sprouts in particular, although I am growing some this year for the first time ever. They are a while off harvesting, though.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Not bitter at all!

  1. Hairy Bittercress sound more like a failed marketing campaign then something you would eat. I’m grinning a little at the name, but I’m impressed, too, that you found something growing that you can use year round. Nicely done!

  2. I have lots of this – never tried eating it though – will give it a try

  3. patsquared2 says:

    I do’n’ think I’ve ever heard of hairy bittercress…and I don’t think I have any, either! But will look for it now that I know what it is/tastes like.

  4. mortaltree says:

    Interesting. And looks quite tasty. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hairy bittercress .. doesn’t sound too inviting at all πŸ™‚

  6. This is one that seems to have passed me by – thanks for the info. πŸ™‚

  7. I didn’t know you can eat it, it seems to have passed me by. We seem to have plenty of chickweed about so I really should pick some – just don’t feel like salad.

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