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Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is a widespread annual herb in the Crucifer Family (Brassicaceae). it is considered more-or-less native to much of Eurasia and outlying regions such as northern Africa, Iceland, and Sakhalin. It is also an introduced ruderal in much of the rest of the world. Like many Crucifers, it may be eaten as a vegetable when young and tender, and like some Crucifers, it can have a hot, peppery taste. Depending on one's preferences and the taste of the herb at hand, Shepherd's Purse may be used as a mild, leafy green vegetable or as a spicy seasoning in another dish.