Herb: Common Pepperweed
Latin name: Lepidium densiflorum
Medicinal use of Common Pepperweed:The leaves have been chewed in the treatment of headaches. An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of kidney problems. It has also been used as a dietary aid for a person trying to lose weight.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry soils. Meadows, pastures, arable land, waste places, walls etc. Sandy soils in disturbed areas in Texas.
Edible parts of Common Pepperweed:Leaves - raw or cooked. A hot cress-like flavour, they are used in spring and early summer, the young leaves are best. Immature seedpods - a hot pungent taste, they are used as a flavouring. Seed - used as a mustard-like flavouring. The pungency of mustard develops when cold water is added to the ground-up seed - an enzyme (myrosin) acts on a glycoside (sinigrin) to produce a sulphur compound. The reaction takes 10 - 15 minutes. Mixing with hot water or vinegar, or adding salt, inhibits the enzyme and produces a mildly-pungent but bitter mustard.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.
Cultivation of Common Pepperweed:Dry soils. Meadows, pastures, arable land, waste places, walls etc. Sandy soils in disturbed areas in Texas.
Known hazards of Lepidium densiflorum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.