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How to Grow Watercress Herbs

Perennial, Nasturtium Officinalis

Watercress is a dark green, leafy vegetable with a zesty pepper-like taste. It is an aquatic type plant and is related to the Nasturtium family. Watercress is grown along creeks and streambeds. Plants grow partially submerged.

Watercress produces small white flowers all summer long.

Watercress is used in salads, and as a garnish. It should be harvested, just prior to use. You can keep it in the refrigerator for short periods of time.


How to Grow Watercress:

Watercress herb grows in rich soil along streambeds and creeks. Plants grow partially submerged in shallow water. Plants should be in full sun. Cool weather is best.

Watercress is grown from seed. Start plants indoors in rich seed starting soil. Keep soil moist.

Transplant seedlings outdoors along slow flowing creekbeds.

Harvest leaves and young stems before the flowers bloom, as it becomes too bitter and pungent to eat. Cut leaves,wash and dry them, and store in the refrigerator.


Uses of Watercress:

The peppery taste of Watercress livens up salads. They are also used as a garnish.

Watercress is rich in Vitamin A and C, and a variety of nutrients.

Watercress has been used for bladder and kidney problems.


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