Honesty - Lunaria annua
Latin name: Lunaria annua
Synonyms: Lunaria biennis
Edible parts of Honesty:Seed - cooked. A pungent flavour, they are used as a mustard substitute. 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 mild bitter mustard. Root - raw. Used before the plant produces flowers.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Moist soils in full sun or light shade, avoiding acid soils.
Propagation of Honesty:Seed - sow early spring or early autumn in situ. The plant will often self-sow.
Cultivation of the herb:Moist soils in full sun or light shade, avoiding acid soils.
Medicinal use of Honesty:None known
Known hazards of Lunaria annua:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.