So-called Lebanese Cress
richardw at mpx.com.au
Fri Nov 8 23:03:28 EST 1996
Can somebody help me (I'm not a botanist) identify an edible
herb. I bought it at a nursery as "Lebanese Cress", with the
genus name of Aethionema. This genus belongs to the
Cruciferae, or cabbage family.
Now that it is flowering with white umbels I can see that
the plant is a member of the Umbelliferae family, which
includes parsley and carrot.
The plant has pinnate leaves up to 30cm long. It spreads by
creeping runners and tastes pleasantly of a cross between
parsnip and parsley.
I have read (with no description) of a Middle Eastern
"cress" that belongs to the genus Sium. I wonder whether
this is it.
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