Similar to watercress, but easier to grow. Slow to start but, once established, easily grown. Long-standing and slow bolting. 6–8″ rosettes of dark green, glossy, rounded leaves. Sometimes called “creasy greens” in the South.
Cress, sometimes referred to as garden cress to distinguish it from similar plants also referred to as cress, is a rather fast-growing, edible herb. Garden cress is genetically related to watercress and mustard, sharing their peppery, tangy flavor and aroma. Garden cress is added to soups, sandwiches and salads for its tangy flavor. It is also eaten as sprouts, and the fresh or dried seed pods can be used as a peppery seasoning (haloon).
GROWN YEAR ROUND IN THE TOWER GARDEN
SEED: Upland Cress Green Seed from Johnny’s Selected Seeds
LATIN NAME: Barbarea verna
DAYS TO MATURITY: 60 days