Water Cress - Nasturtium officinale
Fresh green round leafed variety. Strong flavoured and vigorous. Usually cultivated in running water but can be grown in soil if kept consistently moist. Well suited for pot culture. It has a flavour akin to radish/horse radish with a high vitamin content.
- Watercress is a rapidly growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia, and one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans. It is a member of the family Brassicaceae, botanically related to garden cress, mustard and radish.
- Watercress is particularly rich in vitamin K, and contains significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, and manganese.
- Outdoor watercress crops should be sown directly during March or April - once average day temperatures reach 8-15°C it will be warm enough to encourage germination within 14 days. There is no need to cover watercress seeds. Further sowings can be made through spring and early summer for a constant supply of fresh leaves.
- As long as your watercress plants are kept well watered they will thrive in a pot of good quality compost. To provide the right growing conditions for watercress, simply set your pots in deep trays or dishes that are kept topped up with water. To prevent any stagnation make sure to flush the pots heavily once or twice a week with fresh water.
- 500 seeds Cert. Org. GB-ORG-06