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Shepherd’s purse

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Capsella bursa-pastoris

Shepherd’s purse is one of the oldest of the old. It was found at an archeological site that dates to 5950 BC. The seeds from shepherd’s purse  were also found in the stomach of Tollund Man. He comes from 400 BC. Most of the common names given to this plant refer to the resemblance the seeds have to a purse or pouch. The leaves are rich in vitamins A, B, and C. They are not particularly tasty, but if you want to include some ancient history in your salad, add a little shepherd’s purse.