Cress ‘American Upland’
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Botanical Name: Barbarea verna
Heritage: Southern Europe, pre 1900’s
‘American Upland’ or ‘Land Cress’ has a pungent flavour similar to its more famous cousin Watercress, however it is much easier to grow.
It forms a beautiful rosette of dark green leaves, and has been cultivated as a leaf vegetable since at least the 17th century.
Rich in vitamins, iron and calcium, it can be eaten raw in salads or sandwiches, or cooked as greens. It is very tolerant of cold weather, and can be grown almost all year round, with leaf production at its peak during summer and autumn months.
In ideal conditions it can be harvested approx. 7-8 weeks from sowing by taking the outer leaves as desired with scissors. Great in any garden, it's suited for growing in pots or containers if space is limited, and the more it is cut for use the more it will regrow.
Spring - Autumn
Sow Direct, or Transplant
Cress is best sown spring through autumn. Seeds can be sown in trays for transplanting, or directly in place approx. 10-20 cm apart when soil temperatures are between 10°c – 25°c.
10°c - 25°c
5 - 12 days
Transplant, or thin directly sown seedlings to a final spacing of approx. 20cm - 30cm apart. You can eat or re-transplant any thinnings.
20cm - 30cm
40 - 60 days
It is most productive in summer and autumn, but is not sensitive to winter frosts and cooler conditions. Easy to grow, it’s a fast growing and hardy leafy green with great productivity if regularly harvested.
Although technically a biennial, it is typically grown as an annual for its young leaves. Plants are low maintenance, and enjoy being kept cool and damp.
It is very slow to bolt to seed, however if you remove any flowering stems that may appear you will encourage production of new leaf. If kept well watered and growing strongly you should be able to harvest the leaf for quite a long time.
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