Barbarea verna —Land Cress or American Cress, Upland Cress or Creasy Cress is similar to watercress but grows on dry land, and because of that it’s much easier to cultivate in your garden.
Where it Grows – Land Cress grows in temperate climates all over the world including Europe and North America. If protected in the winter it will grow all year long, and it grows wild in many areas. And markets that carry lots of wild greens will have Land Cress… plus now some people are commercially growing Land Cress in hydroponic farms.
Great Flavor – Full of great nutritional value these tender round green leaves have a peppery spinach kale like flavor when cooked… and they can also be eaten raw in salads… and the yellow flowers are also edible.
Contains – Land Cress contains lots of vitamin A a powerful antioxidant, B’s vitamins for vitality and to prevent birth defect, vitamin C a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E for heart health, and vitamin K important for clotting. Also iron for anemia and calcium for strong bones.
Antioxidants – Land Cress contains twice the Vitamin A found in broccoli, and 3 times that vitamin C found in oranges.
Fat – Land Cress is fat free, great for weight loss.
Cholesterol – Land Cress is cholesterol free, making important for cardiovascular health.
Sodium – Land Cress does not contain any sodium making it great for those on salt restricted diets.
Diuretic – Land Cress is a mild diuretic helping to get rid of excess water weight.
Lutein – Land Cress contains lots of lutein which is important for preventing macular degeneration.
Weight Loss – Land Cress has hardly any carbs making it a wonderful weight loss food.
One ounce of Land Cress contains around 10 calories and that’s a lot of Land Cress.
Found Food – Many times Land Cress is found in open lots in cities and it grows wild in the South and called Creasy Greens.
Uses – Land Cress can be made into Land Cress Soup, in sandwiches, used in salads, and just about any recipe in which you use watercress—if you like watercress you will love Land Cress.
Storage – Pick only green and round leaves, wash and dry and place them in a plastic bag in the frig… they will keep for about 4 or 5 days.
Seeds – The seeds have been used for treating asthma, indigestion, constipation, sore throats, coughs, headaches, and as a good expectorant.
Finding – If you google “Buy Land Cress Seeds” you will find many places that sell them.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy.
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