Monday, January 19, 2015

Veronica persica

Common Field Speedwell, Veronica persica, Pittsburgh, 2014

A tiny bit of spring and summer pressed and preserved on tea dyed paper, errant ink blot in lower left corner.  Speedwell is a salad green/herb so small it's often overlooked.  The fresh young leaves have a flavor similar to watercress, and a tea from the dried leaves and flower heads can be used for respiratory ailments.  I don't collect speedwell for medicinal purposes because it is exceptionally small and too time consuming, but I have foraged the leaves when picking greens for a salad and they are quite good, very mild.

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