Land Cress Barbarea verna

How to sow land cress: Direct seed outdoors, thin to 10cm

Sun requirement for land cress: Plant in Full Sun

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Land Cress is a biennial herb in the Brassica family that is grown for it's edible leaves. It is native to southern Europe and western Asia and prefers cool weather. It will bolt in hot temperatures. Land Cress is easier to cultivate than watercress because it requires less water. It can be substituted for watercress in salads and sandwiches, or cooked like spinach and used in soups. It's leaves are somewhat square in shape and slightly serrated at the margins. They resemble watercress in shape and taste, but have a stronger peppery flavor. Harvest leaves when they are 10cm high.

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Scientific names

Barbarea verna

Alternate names

American cress
bank cress
black wood cress
Belle Isle cress
Bermuda cress
early yellowrocket
early wintercress
scurvy cress
creasy greens
upland cress

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