Capsella bursa-pastoris

  • all parts of plant are edible raw.

  • older plants can be tenderized by adding pinch of baking soda to cooking water.

  • pods and seeds are edible, and taste peppery.

  • seeds can be parched and ground to flour.

  • roots can be eaten fresh or dried.

  • burning the plant results in ash that can be used as salt substitute and/or tenderizer.

  • grows in a wide range as a weed, especially in disturbed or cultivated areas.

  • warning: seeds may blister skin.

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