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Brassicaceae for Herbalists

Brassicaceae – Mustard
This family is characterized by flowers that have four petals and are shaped like a crucifix, hence the previous family name of Cruciferae.

These plants are often edible and tend to have a spicy, hot energy and flavor although some of the domesticated varieties have been bred for a mild flavor.

Besides the usual nutrition of vitamins and minerals, plants in this family support Phase I and II liver detox which has far reaching benefits in many areas of health.

Many wild greens are in this family. Depending on the species, the leaves, roots or seeds are edible.

Horseradish
Arugula
Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) and other Cresses
Radish
Turnip
Mustard greens
Cabbage
Broccoli
Kale
Brussel sprout
Cauliflower
Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

An in-depth profile of one of our local wild mustards is here.

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