Hairy bittercress is neither hairy nor particularly bitter. It's a prolific weed that grows all over my garden.
At this time of year it forms a small rosette of leaves, about an inch and a half to two inches across.
Later in the year it puts up stalks of pretty little white flowers, followed by seed pods that ping open when touched.
Since it's so abundant, I have to dig it up anyway to reclaim my vegetable beds and it's nice to be able to get a meal from my weeding. I pinch off the roots as I harvest it, so as to leave most of the mud in the garden, but it still needs washing and picking over very thoroughly. I then cut through the stalks close to the base of the plant so the rosette falls apart. It's quite fiddly to prepare but worth it at this time of year when I'm craving fresh greens.
Whilst I was waiting for the marmalade to cook the other day I made some mayonnaise, and had a tuna and bittercress salad for lunch.
Also harvesting this week:
Tiny ground elder leaves
Also drinking this week:
Foraged food challenge summary page here.
About this blog
- Wales, United Kingdom
- In autumn 2010, my husband Ian and I both quit our jobs, sold our house and left the flatlands of the east for the mountains of Wales. Our goal is to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle in a place we actually like living. Whilst Ian will continue to earn some money as a freelancer, my part of the project is to reduce how much we spend by growing and making as much of what we need as possible. The purpose of this blog is to keep friends updated with how the grand project is progressing, but all are welcome here. If you're not a friend already, well perhaps you might become one.