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Steve Mills

garden Gleanings - First watercress of the year

Posted Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at 12:56 PM
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  • I just looked up watercress via my friend google, and I didn't realize that it could grow in water. I would love some transplants - if you let me know how to replant them.

    Google also told me that our neighbors to the south, Huntsville, used to call themselves "the watercress capital of the world." If they held an annual watercress festival, that would be worth a trip down there.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 1:16 PM
  • There is a strain of cress that is similar and apparently grows in soil. I never saw it or tasted it to my knowledge.

    This has a mild peppery flavor. If you eat any Japanese sushi, it is like a very tame wasabi.

    I will carry some for you on Friday.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 3:12 PM
  • I've had watercress in salads and really liked it - I just googled it to find out a bit how it grows - I always assumed it was like lettuce and grew that way.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 3:52 PM
  • Try this, pumpernickel bread, with cream cheese and watercrest... to die for..

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 7:43 PM
  • We need a recipe blogger on it. Now that would be fun, I love to try out new recipes

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 7:59 PM
  • Seriously I had no idea watercrest grew around here at all. I looked in a ton of grocery stores around here and never saw it for sale. In Wash DC, it is in all the stores and it was one of my favorite things to eat.

    I guess because it grows wild you can get it for free.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Mar 12, 2008, at 10:44 PM
  • Many may not know what it looks like, but it likes to be in clear running water. Many of our streams are slow moving and muddy, so only small patches of watercress. It also bolts (quickly goes to flower) in our warmth, and turn woody and bitter quickly, so another reason it ay not be grown commercially here.

    I have not checked on the wild patch since last summer's drought, but that would be interesting to see what has happened. When I get a chance, I will and let you know.

    I have a recipe for Chinese Winter Melon or Fuzzy Melon soup I got from Hong Kong restaurant if anyone is interested. I grow those melons in my garden each year, so I thought it would be appropriate to use it.

    We chow some (stir fry) but basically give it away most of the time.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 8:15 AM
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