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Common Name: Pepperwort
Lepidium campestre is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Most of Europe, including Britain, to W. Asia and the Caucasus.
Dry pastures, walls, banks, waysides, arable and waste land[
|Pollinators||Self. Occasionally Flies
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils.
Young leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked[
]. They are best used in the spring[
]. A hot cress-like flavour, they can be finely-chopped and added in small amounts as a flavouring in salads[
] - a pungent flavour, they can be used as a flavouring in hot soups and stews[
The seed can be used as a pepper substitute[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.