Watercress is cultivated for its attractiveness as a garnish as well as the bite it gives to soups, pesto, trout, salads, sandwiches and vegetable juices. It is a semi-aquatic perennial herb found wild in streams passing through chalk soils. The cultivated form, now usually grown hydroponically, is preferred, as wild varieties are often a refuge for river flukes in areas where sheep graze.

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The plant has compound green leaves, a hollow stem and insignificant white flowers. The plant is notable more bitter when flowering. You can grow watercress in pots in a partially shaded position. It prefers a well limed soil. Harvest watercress fresh and only use before flowering. Store it at room temperature with its roots in water.

The sharp peppery taste of watercress makes it a good salad green. It goes well with a citrus dressing. Use watercress in soups. sandwiches and sauces for fish.

information sourced from The Complete Book of Herbs

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  1. I love watercress! We can’t grow it, but we do find it occasionally at the markets, at specialty herb and veg growers. Merry Christmas Tandy! xx

  2. Hi Tandy, a friend of mine grew watercress successfully this year in his garden and I’m going to give it a go too. Apparently it can be grown “out” of water so I’m going to try some in the garden. The taste of homegrown was amazing.
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday / break, and best wishes for 2014, Claire x

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