|Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)|
original photo By Beentree via Wikimedia Commons
|By H. Zell via Wikimedia Commons|
Shepherd's purse is a common edible weed, not native (believed to have arrived with Columbus), but used in America as a pot herb and for medicine by the earliest European settlers. It is a member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), and has its familiar sharp taste.
Enjoy these peppery seed pods raw on a salad and sprinkle them into your soup. Or just marvel at the fine form of your miniature botanical valentines.
~*~There is interesting info about Capsella bursa-pastoris at kindomPlantae.net.
Closeups and botanical specifics at Missouriplants.com (the photos are from NC!)