Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

Hairy Bittercress looks very much like Watercress except it doesn’t live directly in standing or flowing water as does Watercress.


Hairy Bittercress

Hairy Bittercress also has little hairs on the stems and leaves. You can see the hairs much easier with a magnifying glass. As with all members of the Mustard Family, Hairy Bittercress is edible and nutritious.  It is high in vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta carotene, antioxidants and it contains sulfur compounds that boost immunity and help in cancer prevention.

You may be able to find edible Hairy Bittercress under the snow and it can be a good winter survival plant. So why throw this information out there in a post? Because it is out there right now. It is actually starting to bloom.

It has a bit of a bitter taste as the name suggest, but the more you munch on it, the more the mustard flavor shows through. I use it in preparing some natural spice mixes. It is excellent thrown into salad.  

Check your garden out right now. I bet you find some. If so, it is probably the most nutritious thing you will grow all year.

About Nature's Access

I am a Grandfather of nine and father of three. I have been married for 35 years. I am a veteran of the Army with eight years of service and one combat tour. I have a bachelors degree in History and Military Science. I love the outdoors. I am a proud Christian. I have many interest and love to research anything that I lack knowledge in. Wild edibles/herbal medicines and survival are passions of mine and I love sharing what I know.
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