Cress, Greek (Organic)

Lepidium sativum. 20 days.

A delightfully pungent addition to salads, Greek Cress is a type of garden cress (aka, pepper grass) that is easy to grow and thrives in cool weather. Best when young, its delicate, frilly leaves contribute a hot mustardy flavor and it’s a great green to use for cut-and-come-again salads. May also be used as a garnish, on sandwiches, or in stir-fry. Best when sown in spring and fall. Succession sow for best results. Attractive to flea beetles in summer—may be a good catch crop. A Seed Ambassadors Project variety found at a seed swap in Stroud, England.

As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.


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Geographical Origin

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.

Seed Saving

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.

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