> > > >

Cress


Cress

Cress
© Denzil Green


There are two types of Cress: Garden Cress, also known as Land Cress, or just "Cress", and Watercress. Garden Cress is a member of the cabbage family and is more popular elsewhere. Watercress is a member of the nasturtium family and is more popular in the UK; see separate entry on Watercress.

Garden Cress has the same pungent nip as Watercress does, with medium to dark green leaves. Garden Cress is easier to grow as it can be grown in soil and doesn't require the constant flow of water that Watercress does. However, if grown in dry soil and very hot weather, its refreshing nip becomes unpleasant and bitter. Most Cress will be ready for harvesting 3 to 4 weeks after planting seed. The more you clip it for use, the more it will grow.

Good in salads, sandwiches and soups.

There are many varieties of Garden Cress: for instance Broadleaf Cress, which is good for salads and Curly Cress whose leaves are shaped like parsley.

Substitutes

Rocket, endive, young spinach leaves, radish sprouts, Watercress

History Notes

Cress is native to the Middle East. It was being grown in Persia as early as 400 BC. It was brought to North America by European settlers.

Please share this information with your friends. They may love it.

Also called:

Garden Cress; Land Cress; Mustard Cress; Pepper Cress; Peppergrass; Lepidium sativum (Scientific Name); Cresson alénois, Passerage cultivée (French); Gartenkresse, Kresse (German); Agretto, Crescione (Italian); Lepido, Mastuerzo (Spanish); Agrião (Portuguese)

Cress

Cress; Persian Cress; Upland Cress; Watercress

Comments

You may also like:

logo
Looking for home canning information?
Visit our satellite site dedicated to home canning, HealthyCanning.com for recipes and well-researched articles on all aspects of home canning.
healthy-canning

Bon mots

"The powder is mixed with water and tastes exactly like powder mixed with water."

-- Art Buchwald (American humorist. 20 October 1925 - ). Commenting on liquid diets.

Food Calendar

food-calendar-icon
A calendar tracking what happens when in the world of food.
  • food day iconLemon Juice Day (Today)
    Only sour pusses would let this day go by without celebrating it. Have something with lemon juice in it -- a glass of lemonade, tea with lemon, lemon bread, a muffin with Lemon Curd spread on it, or a meal with lemon juice in it.

Myth of the Day

Chocolate Mint Read more >