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In the new Feb mag one of the sub-editors talks about landcress being a good salad.Has anyone tried it, what does it look like, is it worth giving it a try. The editor says it tastes like watercress.

Thanks PP.


  • i tried it very bitter went in the compost

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,956

    I much prefer Lamb's Lettuce - easy to grow and very tasty image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 798

    I tried it to last year, grew very easily but the taste was disappointing to me....tasted like weeds if you get my drift.

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Grew it once, tasted it once, spat it out! Yuk

  • Thanks for the replies, sounds like it's a no no don't think I will bother with it. The sub-editor must have funny tastes.

  • Maybe I have slightly perculiar taste buds, but I grew American Landcress two years ago (from packet seed). It was rather slow to start but once it got going the rapidly formed leaves in mid-summer were far less bitter than the first few. So I presevered and kept some seed which has now overwintered as a trough sowing in an unheated greenhouse. The plantlets look healthy and now need spacing out into my new salad raised beds, once the soil warms up/ dries out a bit!

  • This is usually Barbarea verna. Barbareas are known as Wintercresses and a few species are found in the wild in the UK. They all taste pretty much the same to me, I do admit to trying a nibble whenever I find one!

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