Information About Cress

Information About Cress

Growing Garden Cress Plant: What Does Garden Cress Look Like

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Looking for something a little different to plant in the vegetable garden this year? Then why not look into growing garden cress plant. Garden cress vegetables require very little care, and this article can help.

How to Grow Aubrieta Plants in your Garden

Aubrieta plants are hardy perennial alpine plants. They are low growing and mat forming therefore making them great rockery, cover, and edging plants.

They bloom with purple or blue flowers in the spring.

There are 20 known species in this genus and common names for Aubrieta include Purple rock cress, and false rock cress. Plants of the Aubrieta genus are native to Europe.

Blue Rock Cress photograph by Dendroica.

Garden Cress Packs a Vitamin C Punch

Garden cress (Lat: 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. This represents nearly 60% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C! Fresh garden cress sprouts are also loaded with carotenoids, mustard oil, vitamin K and antioxidants. With its peppery flavor and health boosting properties, garden cress makes an excellent addition to salads and sandwiches, steamed/boiled potatoes and soups. You can also use it as a garnish in place of parsley.

For more information about the nutritional properties of cress, see Nutritional and Health Benefits of Garden Cress.

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