Cress, Dutch Broadleaf (Organic)
Lepidium sativum. 30 days.
Very large, broad leaves for a garden cress, with nice wavy edges. Fairly slow to bolt. Good hot mustard flavor reminiscent of wasabi without too much spice. Makes a substantial addition to salad mix. Dutch Broadleaf cress is great on sandwiches, and we especially enjoy its peppery addition to BLTs. An old variety from the Netherlands, we sourced it originally from Shepherds Garden Seeds in 1999. Commercially unavailable for a decade, we are happy to have reintroduced it in 2009.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Sow in pots for transplanting or direct sow in spring or fall. Summer plantings can get very spicy and are attractive to flea beetles. Peppery flavor is less pronounced when plants are very young and/or in cooler weather. Winter hardy and easy to grow. Flower shoots are also edible.
Collect seeds from dry seed heads. Cut seed heads when dry, thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow or screen to clean. Will cross-pollinate with other cress of the same species.