Cardamine hirsuta – Hairy Bittercress

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Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is an edible plant in the mustard family whose leaves can be used as microgreens.
Hairy bittercress is named for the tiny hairs that appear on its leaves and stems. It can also be identified by its small white flowers with four petals that are produced in spring.
Hairy bittercress thrives in cooler weather and will die back in late spring. It tends to be invasive and grows well in yards and gardens.
To harvest hairy bittercress, cut off the leaf stalks. They can be used to add a mild peppery flavor to dishes. The leaves have been referred to as “land cress” in restaurants.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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