PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Field Pennycress

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Thlaspi arvense / Brassicaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: full sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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sweetish/mustard

RAW/COOK

Winter-Summer

Buds/Flowers

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sweetish/mustard

RAW/COOK

Winter-Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  This plant is available for harvest in mid-Winter, months before it blooms in the Spring. Delicious.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: Leaf is very rich in protein (1) https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Thlaspi+arvense 

Antibacterial;  Antidote;  Antiinflammatory;  Antirheumatic;  Blood tonic;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Febrifuge;  Hepatic;  Ophthalmic;  Tonic. (1)

 

CAUTIONS: As with any hot and spicy food, eat in moderation.

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Looks like some other cresses, particularly Shepard’s Purse - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsella_bursa-pastoris

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:  Oil. The seed contains 20 - 30% of a semi-drying oil, it is used for lighting (1).

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Thlaspi+arvense
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thlaspi_arvense
  3. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/field-pennycress.aspx  (good photos)
  4. https://commonsensehome.com/field-pennycress/
  5. https://barefoot-foods.com/2017/04/15/foraging-fun-thlaspi-arvense