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Borsacchina, Capsella bursa pastoris

Family of cruciferae

It is a small plant which grows in fields, meadows and in kitchen gardens, even if in the latter it is not well accepted and considered like an infesting plant.

It is used as a medical plant and it represents a remedy against painful menstruation and bleeding gums. It is very tasty in salads, made in Spring, because of its intense flavour similar to the one of cabbage (they belong to the same botanical family). It can substitute cabbage in some recipes.

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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