Cress, Curled

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Geography/History:

AKA Pepper Grass, this spicy mucilaginous Brassica (the same family as Broccoli, Cabbage, Mustard, Radish…) is, in flavor, something like Watercress and is a very fast grower which, because it is mucilaginous, sholuld Not beSoaked when grown straight. Just sprinkle some seeds on moist soil or a thoroughly moistened Hemp Bag or aMiniature Garden or Baby Blanket, or any other planting medium, and watch your crop grow – in just 5-7 days – into one of the most intensely flavorful greens you’ve ever experienced!

A major ingredient in our leafy blends; French Garden, Italian Blend and Nick’s Hot Sprout Salad, Cress was not available as an organic crop back in 1994. Working for years with our dear farmer friends Mark + Ila we have established it as a standard certified organic crop.

Nutritional Value:
Vitamins A, B, C and E Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium. All Essential Acids Antioxidants Protein:20-25%

Sun:                                       Full Sun

Spacing:                               6”

Height:                                  24″

Optimum Soil Ph:                  6.0 – 6.8

Days To Maturity:                 55 – 70

Sowing Method:                    Start Indoors

Planting/Growing Tips:
Curled Cress is a mucilaginous seed.  It prefers considerably less water in the sprouting stage than most other microgreens seeds.  If the seeds get too wet, you will end up with a very low germination rate.  Use less water initially in the tray (half a cup,  instead of 2 cups of pH balanced water).  Instead of soaking the grow pad and flipping it, just lay the grow pad in the tray on top of the water.  Use the mist bottle to evenly dampen the top surface (seeds should stick and not bounce when sowing).   Once you have spread the seed evenly over the dampened grow pad, mist all the seeds, but not as thoroughly as other seeds.   Germinate in the blackout dome as normal, but mist more frequently (3 times a day), but with less mist in each application.  The goal is to keep the seeds damp but not wet/soggy.  You may need to experiment with a few crops to get it right.

Cress has an interesting shaped leaf that is green in color.  The peppery flavor is intense.   The peppery taste of cress is stronger than any other micro.  Just a little cress goes a long way.

 

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