Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hedge mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)

A member of the Brassicaceae family - which gives us many of our cultivated veges - broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choi, radishes, turnips, and on the list goes!

Recognise this family by its four-petalled leaves with six stamens. They generally have flower heads that look like little broccoli heads when budding.

Most wild Brassicaceae are edible - but avoid gathering them from places that may have been heavily fertilised or be subject to run-off, as the leaves may be full of nitrates - toxic in high doses.

Edible parts of this plant's family are generally the younger leaves, the flower buds, and the roots.

I'm interested in hedge mustard's medicinal uses - especially for hoarseness and lost voice.

(Thanks to Julia Stace Brooke-White for ID'ing hedge mustard for me.)

Hedge mustard links:
Google Images
Plants for a Future

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