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NAME: Field Pennycress
SPECIES / FAMILY: Thlaspi Arvense / Brassicaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S):
CONDITIONS: full sun
COMMENT: This plant is available for harvest in mid-Winter, months before it blooms in the Spring. Delicious.
CAUTIONS: As with any hot and spicy food, eat in moderation.
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 Shepards Purse - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsella_bursa-pastoris
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):
- http://www.ediblewildfood.com/field-pennycress.aspx (good photos)