Hairy bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta

Edible Parts:

· Leaves


A very similar taste to water cress. You can use it in sandwiches and salads. It’s not as bitter as it sounds. Works well with wild garlic in pestos and rice dishes.

When and where to find it: 

This can be found all year round on waste or bare ground, gardens, field margins and path edges. It can also grow on rocks, especially limestone and walls.

Other Observations: 

The leaves grow in a small rosette shape, sparsely hairy and opposite with a single end leaflet. It has tiny white flowers with four petals.

Author: Paul

Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.


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