Lesser Swine Cress
Lesser Swine Cress is a member of the Brassica family (Mustard or Cabbage Family), hence the ‘hot’ taste.
|Common Names||Lesser Swine Cress|
|Scientific Name||Coronopus didymus|
The leaves are feathery and pinnate and start growing in a rosette but this soon becomes a tangled mass of stems and leaves.
Has tiny, white/green, delicate, complicated four petaled flowers that start appearing from April to October.
Waste ground, cultivated and arable land, bare ground, flowerbeds, parks, roadsides or near to the sea.
Swine Cress is very similar to Lesser Swine Cress but is edible.
Can be mistaken for Stagshorn Plantain or Pineapple Weed, pictured, but these are also both edible.
Pungent and Cress like.
Strong, hot, sometimes salty, cress or mustard flavoured.
Common particularly around farms and disturbed soil.
Only the leaves of this plant are used and care should be taken when gathering Swine Cress as it likes to grow in some unsavoury positions.
The results of medical tests on Lesser Swine Cress show it to have anti-inflammatory properties.
As a fodder for animals.