Formerly an old-fashioned ingredient in Watercress sandwiches served at tea-time, Cress is enjoying new popularity among the multitude of lush salad greens now available. New varieties offer larger leaves, various levels of bite, and rapid growth. Microgreens have hit the big time, bringing sprouted seeds into vogue in chichi restaurants. Cress prefers cool weather and moist soil, otherwise the refreshing peppery taste becomes unpleasantly hot. Most Cress will be ready for tossing into a salad or soup three to four weeks from seeding. Harvest with scissors and water with kelp or fish fertilizer to promote rapid regrowth.
Average seed life: 2 years.