Garden cress is found growing along the roads in the wastelands mountain meadows and gardens. Garden cress is an herbaceous plant of the same family as cabbages turnips mustard and arugula.
Garden cress lepidium sativum is a cool season annual also known as pepper grass because of the leaves peppery flavor.
Garden cress plant. Garden cress buying guide 1. Lepidium sativum is a herbal plant known by different names such as al thuffa and garden cress in different communities with a wide spectrum of usage both medically and non medically. How to grow garden cress.
Refrain from buying garden cress that shows signs of discolouration and withering. It grows well in containers and is excellent on a sunny windowsill in the kitchen for easy access. Garden cress is an annual erect herbaceous plant sized 60 cm 24 inches when completely matured that belongs to the mustard family.
Garden cress can be grown both in the garden kitchen or any convenient place in the house. That of the crucifers hence the spice found in these products. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Lepidium sativum is a close relative of watercress nasturtium officinale and shares many of the health benefits of watercress. Like watercress garden cress is packed with vitamin c with one cup 50 grams of garden cress providing a whopping 35 milligrams of vitamin c. People take garden cress for coughs vitamin c deficiency constipation tendency toward infection poor.
Cress lepidium sativum sometimes referred to as garden cress to distinguish it from similar plants also referred to as cress from old germanic cresso which means sharp spicy is a rather fast growing edible herb. When purchasing cress always look out for fresh evenly greenish coloured firm leaves with upright whitish stems. Common garden cress or peppergrass lepidium sativum a fast growing often weedy native of western asia is widely grown especially in its curl leaved form and the seedlings are used as a garnish.
Garden cress is a plant. Garden cress requires organic rich soil and full sun in order to thrive. Seed plant garden cress by randomly scattering or placing them in rows.
The seeds should be planted to inch deep.