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wintercress

Whilst out walking with a friend recently, he asked me if a plant was edible, I said to him that most plants are ‘edible’ but if they are nutritious and tasty that is a much harder mark to hit. The plant he was pointing at was Wintercress, also known as Yellow rocket, which does meet both those criteria. It is rich in vitamins C and A, and was one of the anti-scurvy plants eaten in the days before vitamin C was readily available. It has a peppery flavour with a slight tang of lemon, although it is best enjoyed before it flowers by which time it has become too bitter to enjoy.


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