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Common Name: London Rocket
Sisymbrium irio is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Mediterranean. Long naturalized or possibly native in Britain[
Roadsides, walls and waste places[
Succeeds in most soils.
Immature leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Used as greens[
]. A famine food, it is only eaten when better foods are in short supply[
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. The seed can be eaten as piñole[
]. It can also be dried, ground into a powder then mixed with water and used as a gruel[
]. The seed can be mixed with water to make a drink[
Flowers - raw[
The seeds are expectorant, restorative and stimulant[
]. They are used in the treatment of asthma[
]. Externally, they are used as a stimulating poultice[
]. The seeds have been placed under the lids of sore eyes in order to cause weeping and thereby wash foreign matter out of the eye[
An infusion of the leaves is used in treating affections of the throat and chest[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ.