Cress, Pepper (Lepidium sativum) - 500 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-12
Peppercress (aka garden cress or peppergrass) is a peppery-tasting, leafy herb that's similar in flavor to its relative, watercress, which is another member of the mustard family. Peppercress is a good stand-in for recipes that call for watercress, and is especially good in salads. Try tossing peppercress with mixed greens—its assertive flavor will be delicious with milder lettuces like Bibb and green leaf. Cooked briefly, peppercress can add subtle zip to a puree of spring vegetables like peas, favas, and leeks.
Pepper Cress grows nearly anywhere, but it prefers rich, moist, well drained soil and full sun or partial shade. Since it is a cool weather plant and excess heat tends to give the leaves a bitter taste, it should be grown in the spring and fall in most areas. After the last spring frost or in late summer, direct sow the seeds 1/4" deep in rows 6" apart, thinning to 3-6" apart when the seedlings appear. If planning to harvest cress at a small size, the plants can be spaced 2-3" apart. Keep the ground moist for the best growth. For a continuous harvest, sow a new crop every 10 days. Cress also grows well indoors for sprouting, since it does not need soil for germination.
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