CRESS - True Water seeds

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CRESS True Water - 500 Seeds

(Nasturtium officinale) 

Other names:

Xi Yang Choy, Sai Yeung Tsoi, Uotakuresu, Mustapa, Xa Lach Son, Phakkat-Nam, Lampaka, , Amat, Pakthoy, Cencil, Jembrak, Selada Air, Gejembrak, Sesawi Tanah, Semanggi 

True Watercress seeds produce perennial cress rich in vitamins and have a delicious, distinctive taste for salads and vegetarian dishes. Small, dark-green leaves grow on crisp stems that come from thick, long roots. Direct-seed watercress about 5mm deep and 1cm apart, ideally in full sun near clear running water. Thin plants to 10cm (4") and keep very well watered. Watercress does not thrive in acidic soil, so spread enough lime in the growing area to bring the pH as close to 7.0 as possible. Well, finished compost is the other trick that will keep watercress growing rapidly. If you fail with watercress in your summer garden, try planting it beneath a cloche row cover for winter harvesting. The low light levels and cool temperatures seem to be ideal. 

All parts of the plant can be used, raw or cooked and impart a spicy, peppery taste. The leaves may be used fresh in salads, sandwiches and garnishes. Alternatively, they may be cooked in casseroles, stews or soups and butter, spreads and sauces. Watercress is very popular in Asian cuisine. 

Watercress is high in vitamins and minerals, so a general health benefit from using watercress in meals regularly. Although the Western world uses watercress in meals, the Eastern world uses watercress for its health benefits. For example, watercress soup in Asian cuisine is beneficial for mouth health, protecting against gingivitis, ulcers, swollen gums and general health. Watercress is also viewed as useful in the recovery period after illness, colds, and flu due to the high vitamin and mineral content. 

Watercress has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-pyretic, is a potent diuretic, benefits people living with arthritis, helps dermatitis and eczema, and has expectorant qualities to help respiratory illness. 

Propagation notes will be supplied with a seed packet


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