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Common Name: Danish Scurvy Grass
Cochlearia danica is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Coastal regions of Europe, including Britain, from Norway to Atlantic Spain and Portugal.
Sandy and rocky shores, walls and banks by the sea and along railway lines, avoiding acid soils[
Prefers a damp well-drained soil. Avoids acid soils in the wild. Prefers a sandy or gritty well-drained soil[
Hybridizes with C. officinalis[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. Used as a flavouring in salads, it is considered to be superior to C. officinalis[
]. The leaves are rich in vitamin C[
], though very few people will actually enjoy the pungent flavour[
The leaves are a rich source of vitamin C and are used as an antiscorbutic[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 15°c[