Mostaza Silvestre | Pepperwort

Common Name: Mostaza silvestre | Pepperwort

Binomial Nomenclature: Lepidium campestre

Culinary Use: Young leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked

Medicinal Use: A hot cress-like flavour, they can be finely-chopped and added in small amounts as a flavouring in salads. Immature seedpods - a pungent flavour, they can be used as a flavouring in hot soups and stews. The seed can be used as a pepper substitute.

Fun Fact: North American Indians used the bruised fresh plant, or a tea made from the leaves to treat poison ivy rash a