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Smartweed Spread

Creeping Smartwood or “lady’s thumb” can be found blooming and growing wild all over in the midsummer through early autumn. A common “weed” found in wet grassy places, along stream banks, creek beds and ditches, I’ve been picking this one for flower arrangements since I was a kid. I only recently learned that it’s edible (both the leaves and the flowers) and has a nice peppery flavor. When sautéed, it adds a delicious crunch to any dish! We spread it over fresh sliced tomato “steaks” but it would also be amazing on crusty bread or a soup.


  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1-2 cups Creeping Smartweed flowers chopped
  • Wavy Bittercress washed and whole for garnish
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and dry the Smartweed blooms. Separate them from the stems and discard stems.
  • Chop the Smartweed flowers.
  • Pour a little olive oil in a pan and heat on medium to high heat. Sauté minced garlic.
  • Add in the smartweed and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Pour hot over sliced tomatoes, warm crusty bread, or a dinner dish and top with a couple of fresh bittercress greens or micro-greens.
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stripping the blooms off the stems


both the blooms + the leaves are edible so separate them out from the stems


crunchy and savory smartweed topped tomateos

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