On the Forage Trail: Shepherd’s Purse
Shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), is a common edible weed which can be found lush and green at this time of year in local grasslands and backyards. It makes for a spicy addition to leafy green salads and tossed into stir fries after cooking. Foliage, flowers and seed heads can all be utilised, and impart a peppery taste similar to the garden staple, rocket. Interestingly, Shepherd’s Purse is also known for its ability to stop both internal and external bleeding.
The best place to harvest Shepherd’s purse is where the soil is moist and mown with some frequency, as their growth tends to be vigorous, tender and sweet as a consequence.