Common Pepperweed (Lepidium densiflorum)

Annual/Biennial
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Common Pepperweed
Lepidium densiflorum
Cruciferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves have been chewed in the treatment of headaches[257]. An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of kidney problems[257]. It has also been used as a dietary aid for a person trying to lose weight[257].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[172, 177]. A hot cress-like flavour, they are used in spring and early summer, the young leaves are best[9].

    Immature seedpods – a hot pungent taste, they are used as a flavouring[9].

    Seed – used as a mustard-like flavouring[172]. The pungency of mustard develops when cold water is added to the ground-up seed – an enzyme (myrosin) acts on a glycoside (sinigrin) to produce a sulphur compound. The reaction takes 10 – 15 minutes. Mixing with hot water or vinegar, or adding salt, inhibits the enzyme and produces a mildly-pungent but bitter mustard[238].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring or late summer in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils.
N. America – Maine to British Columbia, south to Virginia, Texas and Nevada. Casual in Britain[17].

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