Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum)

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June 9, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire I really love the taste of the tops of Virginia Pepperweed. Mustard-like, tangy taste. There were hundreds upon hundreds of plants. I could gather the flower tops, dry and grind them into a powder to spice up dishes! Hiked and snacked on Virginia Papperweed, Canada Lettuce, Hoary Allysum, Tower Mustard, and Indian Cucumber.

The most obvious difference between this plant and Field Pepperweed is that the leaves of Virginia Pepperweed do not clasp the stem. Key:
  • Silicle (seed pod) surface smooth.
  • Silicle with notch at the top.
  • Stem leaves narrowed at base and not surrounding the stem.
  • Silicles 2-4 mm long. Flowers with 2-4 stamen.
  • Flower petals 1-2 times as long as the sepals.
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June 16, 2014 Southern, Connecticut