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NAME: Field Pennycress

SPECIES / 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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mustard/onion

RAW/COOK

Winter-Spring

Buds/Flowers

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mustard/onion

RAW/COOK

Winter-Spring

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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DRY/SPROUT Summer

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  This plant is available for harvest in mid-Winter, months before it blooms in the Spring. // The leaves are rich in protein and delicious. As with any hot and spicy food, eat in moderation.  Young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. They should always be harvested before the plant comes into flower or they can be very bitter. Add in small quantities to salads and soups, or used as a potherb.  They taste somewhat like mustard but with a hint of onion. The seed is ground into a powder and used as a mustard substitute. The seed can also be sprouted and added to salads.(1)

 

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

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

 

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://barefoot-foods.com/2017/04/15/foraging-fun-thlaspi-arvense (great photos and description)
  5. https://commonsensehome.com/field-pennycress (biofuel use)
  6. https://wildfoodgirl.com/2017/three-pennycress-mustard-recipes/ (recipe)
  7. http://southernforager.blogspot.com/2015/04/canned-pickled-field-pennycress-seed.html (recipe)