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    least pepperwort,Virginia pepperweed or peppergrass

    This may seem an odd question, but is this found in undisturbed areas in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. or is it mainly a weed in urban areas?
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    My understanding is that it is native to almost all of the US. In Florida I find it a lot in all of the areas I visit not just disturbed and urban areas. So it is definitely not just an urban plant.

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    What do you think of the flavour? is it overpowering like Nasturtium?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    What do you think of the flavour? is it overpowering like Nasturtium?
    My experience is that it is mild. I mainly will pluck one out and cut the root off and use my knife to peel it like a carrot and then chew on the root. It has a mild horse radish taste. But, I favor strong horse-radish, radish, mustard flavors. I have never tried Florida Watercress (Nasturtium floridanum).

    I want to find more plants in the mustard family on a whole.

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    Thank you very much for your info, I really appreciate it.

    FYI, The flowers of nasturtium, are a little milder than the leaves. Plus they make a leafy salad look pretty, for any lunch/dinner guests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    Thank you very much for your info, I really appreciate it.

    FYI, The flowers of nasturtium, are a little milder than the leaves. Plus they make a leafy salad look pretty, for any lunch/dinner guests.
    You know I went through all of my wild edible books and only two had Nasturium listed and both were for Nasturium officinale. That plant doesn't occur down here. So, I have never looked for it. But, when I went to see shat Nasturiums occur down here I found the Florida Watercress. So, that is a new edible to add to my OneNote library of edibles. Thanks!

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    The flowers have an instant sweetness followed quickly by a warm, peppery taste. The leaves are circular and are a perfect fit for your burger. They have a peppery taste as well. Personally, I don't find them over powering but that's obviously a matter of taste.

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