Lepidium Draba or hoary cress

This is not an indigenous plant but is spreading quite rapidly along roadsides. In June many roadside verges are a mass of white hoary cress in flower.See photo 4 where such a mass is about to flower.

The taste is quite pleasant with a mild pepperyness which takes a little while to break through. The texture is a little tough so only the very young leaves are worth considering for a salad.

The unopened flower-buds may be cooked as if broccoli-shoots. Cooked, they loose their peppryness and are quite palateable, if nothing extra-special. Seee photos 4 and 5.

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Lepidium draba
young foliage
March 31 2011
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Lepidium draba
in flower
11 June 2010
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Lepidium draba
in flower
17 June 2010
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Lepidium draba
in bud
15 April 2012
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Lepidium draba
in bud
15 April 2012

All photos were taken around Burwell where the plant is now very common.

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