FORAGER FRIDAY

Forager Friday with Diego. In season now: Flickweed

It is indeed everywhere, absolutely loving the colder months. It will only be about for a short period though, locate and try, you'll be surprised. 

Flickweed, Cardamine hirsuta

Latin Name: Cardamine Hirsuta

Description: A cabbage family herb.  It forms a rosette or ring of leaves.  It grows to a height of 20 cm and spreads to 15 cm.  The stem is erect and the leaves are green and sword shaped.  They usually have 3-7 pairs of leaflets.  The flowers are pale mauve and small.  They have 4 petals.  They occur in clusters at the ends of branches.  The fruit are 15-25 mm long pods, which are narrow and erect and about 1 mm thick.  The seed are brown and with a smooth coat, 1 mm long and will often burst explosively when touched. 

Edible UsesLeaves and flowers – raw or cooked. A hot cress-like flavour, they are mainly used as a garnish or flavouring in salads etc but are also sometimes used as a potherb. The plant germinates most freely in the autumn and so leaves are usually available all winter.

Notes: Other common names include lambscress, landcress, hoary bittercress, springcress and shotweed.
As Old English stune, the plant is cited as one of the herbs invoked in the pagan Anglo-Saxon Nine Herbs Charm, recorded in the 10th century.

Further readings: Wikipedia, Plant For a Future

Happy foraging :)