Monday, August 13, 2012

Cress - Container Garden Goodness

Last year this container on my front porch was filled with colorful Impatiens, but this year I decided to try my hand at growing something edible in it instead. Cress seemed like a good option so I had Austin plant some. 

It has been very easy to grow. Simply plant and water and let nature do it's work. Cress is a good Spring and Fall crop and prefers light shade during hotter weather. It can also be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill.

So far we've used it only in salads but I'm finding there are a number of other ways to use it as well. 

I also checked out the nutritional information on Cress and here is some of what I found. Cress is high in phytonutrients as well as Vitamin C and Vitamin A. In fact, a website called Precise Portions states that it contains more vitamin C than oranges and more Vitamin A than broccoli. And there is a recipe there for Cress Soup that looks interesting.

Here are a few other recipes that I've found that I'd like to experiment with.

Cress Recipes - There are five recipes on this page including Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes and Cress, Peas in Cheese Sauce, and Mediterranean Mixed Salad.

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  1. Hi Rose: Your cress is looking really healthy--glad that it grew well for you, and that there ae lots of ways to use it that sound delicious!

  2. Yay! Container Gardening is wonderful! We have gotten our balcony started for the fall garden and look forward to haveing many lovely meals from it!

    I found you through the NOBH, nice to meet you! :)