Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Edible Wild Plants/Lepidium virginicum

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Lepidium virginicum - Virginia pepperweed

Description: Virginia pepperweed's most identifiable characteristic are its racemes, which come from the plants highly branched stem. The racemes give Virginia pepperweed the appearance of a bottlebrush. On the racemes are first small white flowers, and later greenish seedpods. The entire plant is generally between 10 and 50 cm tall. The leaves on the stems of Virginia pepperweed are sessile, linear to lanceolate and get larger as they approach the base. Note that all parts of the plant have a peppery taste.

Where found: Throughout the United States.

Use: The leaves can be boiled for 10 minutes and used as greens. The seeds make a good substitute for pepper.
Lepidium virginicum
Lepidium virginicum