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Barbarea vulgaris Wintercress Mustard Uses

 
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Hello everyone,
I found this wild mustard plant growing where I live at a city park in Greene county Ohio. I just want to confirm what species it is. I think its Barbarea vulgaris, but it could also be another mustard species. The plants were only eighteen inches tall (1/2 metre). I also wanted to know if anyone here has any experience using the plant for food.
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The pfaf website suggests they are edible, but I was hoping I could get verification from an experienced forager.

https://pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Barbarea+vulgaris
 
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They at least seem to be a perfered food for honey bees and hoverflies.
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I've been able to successfully collect seed from wintercress. The seeds are tiny and the chaff is heavier than the seed, so it's not practical to winnow the seed by blowing on it in a shallow dish. I had to pick out the chaff by hand.
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Ripe Pods 1
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Ripe Pods 2
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Ripe Pods 3
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Crushing the Pods in a Paper Plate
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Result of hours of handpicking.
 
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By the way, if anyone plans on collecting seeds from this plant, the pods ripen by the middle of June.
 
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