A Spicy Bittercress Sautée

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Bittercress is a delicious substitute for lettuce or spinach that can be found in your yard. It’s scientific name is Cardamine Hirsuta, which refers to the name Hairy Bittercress. Despite it being called bittercress, it’s not bitter at all instead it has a rich tangy yet spicy flavor. Whether served raw or cooked; it’s definitely a great addition to your diet. You can read more about bittercress in our Article about this prolific plant.

Bittercress can be eaten in a fresh salad but for this recipe, we are going to sautee it with some garlic and onion with red crushed chili flakes. This recipe is simple and easy to make, a great side dish for any occasion.

Ingredients

2 tsp Olive oil
1 bunch of Bittercress, trimmed and cleaned
½ tsp of Red crushed chili flakes
1 small onion, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1) Heat oil in a medium saucepan or wok over low heat, then add onion, garlic and red crushed chili flakes and cook until the aroma fills the kitchen.
2) Once onions are translucent, add the Bittercress and slowly raise the heat to medium.
3) Stir until Bittercress starts to wilt then add salt to taste
4) Serve in a dish next to your choice of meat or vegetables.
5) Enjoy your hard work!



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One thought on “A Spicy Bittercress Sautée

  • March 14, 2021 at 6:45 pm
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    March 14, 2021. South Central USA. THANKS!! I’ve got this all over the place and I just picked a basketful to add to a salad later tonight. The flavor is mild and green, similar to lettuce. The root system is not tubular on the plants in my yard, but it is not yet spring and all my sources say it is cress.

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