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Mr Fothergills Mustard & Cress Seed (1)

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Garden cress, known as chandrashoor, and the seeds, known as aaliv or aleev in Marathi, or halloon [11] in India, are commonly used in the system of Ayurveda. You can crowd them in – they’re not going to grow big enough to need any space, and you want plenty to harvest. If you sow your seeds in the morning then they may have started to germinate by bedtime – small white roots will be visible. Place the growing medium in a small container or saucer and moisten well, then spread the seed thickly over the surface. I'm a peat-free, organic gardener, but I'm also fascinated by hydroponics and the more high-tech ways of feeding people.

L. sativum is often used in experiments to teach biology to students in schools; the plant grows readily on damp paper or cotton, and its fast germination and development time makes it useful in demonstrating plant growth. Cress ( Lepidium sativum), sometimes referred to as garden cress (or curly cress) to distinguish it from similar plants also referred to as cress (from old Germanic cresso which means sharp, spicy), is a rather fast-growing, edible herb. If you want something a bit milder, look for oilseed rape (canola) seeds – they can be grown the same way.

As a sprouted seed the rape sprout does not look very different but the flavour is unremarkable compared to the old fashioned mix. It is also eaten as sprouts, and the fresh or dried seed pods can be used as a peppery seasoning ( haloon). When consumed raw, cress is a high- nutrient food containing substantial content of vitamins A, C and K and several dietary minerals.

In the United Kingdom, cut cress shoots are commonly used in sandwiches with boiled eggs and mayonnaise. In some regions, garden cress is known as mustard and cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort, pepper grass, or poor man's pepper. Fresh and peppery, mustard cress is ideal in sandwiches and salads for added kick or also great as a garnish. If you wash out empty eggshells, you can draw faces on the front and grow ‘egglings’ with cress hair!

Children find it fascinating to watch it grow as in only a few days it produces healthy and nutritious food. If it’s the middle of winter and there’s nothing much going on in the vegetable garden, or you want some easy and ultra-fresh salad greens, or a rainy day project to help keep the kids occupied, then try growing mustard and cress!

Consumers commonly acquire cress as seeds or (in Europe) from markets as boxes of young live shoots.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. In a 100-gram ( 3 + 1⁄ 2-ounce) reference quantity, raw cress supplies 134 kilojoules (32 kilocalories) of food energy and numerous nutrients in significant content, including vitamin K (516% of the Daily Value, DV), vitamin C (83% DV) and vitamin A (43% DV). Raw cress is 89% water, 6% carbohydrates (including 1% dietary fiber), 3% protein and less than 1% fat (table).

A delicious salad and sandwich ingredient, Mustard Cress takes up little space and a very small amount of your time. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure this information is correct, the data contained here has been supplied by the respective brand owners and Creed Foodservice is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of this data. Mustard can be grown in trays of compost or on the surface of pads of cotton wool, flannel, kitchen towel etc. Mustard Cress is a wonderful ingredient in salads and works well in combination with carpaccio or raw fish. Cress, sometimes referred to as garden cress to distinguish it from similar plants also referred to as cress, is a rather fast-growing, edible herb.If you want to grow mustard and cress to harvest them at the same time, then you need to sow the mustard 3-4 days ahead, because mustard seedlings grow faster. Sometimes especially in the organic range we are lucky enough to spot the true mustard and cress and supply this whenever possible. To boost the nutritional value of microgreens include extra-virgin olive oil with your meal as the presence of oil helps improve the bioavailability of the fat-soluble nutrients in microgreens (carotenoids, vitamin E, and vitamin K).

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