- Identification – 4 – Look for its small, white, star-like flowers made up of 5 deeply notched petals. If in doubt, close inspection will reveal a single line of hairs running down one side of the stem only.
- Edibility – 3 – This common “weed” is actually a delight to eat. It has a mild, fresh, “grassy” flavour with no bitterness, making it an excellent bulker in wild salads – where mild flavours are needed to balance more pungent flavours. It cooks down well – like spinach, but try to harvest only the lush, leafy tops or it can tend towards stringyness.
- Distribution – 5 – Very common and abundant in many different habitats
- Habiat – In grass and beds in parks and gardens; waste ground, cracks in pavement; and especially under trees in fields.