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Landcress soup?
Mon 19-Apr-10
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devongarden
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Does anyone know if landcress can be used instead of watercress in soup? I have a surfeit of it and have to cut it back before it goes to seed. It overwintered terribly successfully, and I have far more than I need!

I will make some this evening if it seems it is possible.

Mon 19-Apr-10
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I would think so, Barbara, see:

http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Land_cress

there are a few recipes here!

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I'm sure you could; it's grown instead of watercress after all. 

(Or not in my case - failed totally for me last year, not sure why.  :no: )

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I love watercress, raw or cooked so think I might have to source some landcress.  Harrods store used to make a peppery drink with watercress, spiked with black pepper I seem to recall, I loved it.  I have three little watercress plantlets on my kitchen windowsill at the moment, I just pinch out the tops to use in sandwiches etc.

I'll try that again!

Mon 19-Apr-10
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I've just placed an order with The Real Seed Company for two varieties of land cress, Orach and various other things that I'd never before encountered, should be exciting when they all start to come up...Eeek      

  http://www.realseeds.co.uk/salads.html  

I've ordered about 6 different things.

I'll try that again!

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Toffeeapple said:

I've just placed an order with The Real Seed Company for two varieties of land cress, Orach and various other things that I'd never before encountered, should be exciting when they all start to come up...Eeek      

  http://www.realseeds.co.uk/salads.html  

I've ordered about 6 different things.


Oh please don't tempt me, I have bought so much from them already!  Landcress eh  Roll_Eyes    Whistle

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Mon 19-Apr-10
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No progress with the soup, because I went for a late cup of tea/early drink with P, and was invited to stay for a meal. Sea bream cooked by him was more appealing than cooking soup and unknown other parts of the meal. Laugh

I have so far had success with landcress, in previous garden and here. The lot I have now is self-sown. The previous planting was made 4 years ago, I think, and I just kept cutting it back ruthlessly until it got away from me last summer. I have far more than I need, Smug, Sorry Ruthdigs. I'd happily supply some!

The other plant I have by the hundred is self-sown ladys smock/cuckoo flower, which is lovely. It can also be eaten, and might do as a pond-edge plant. I do keep it away from the raspberries, as one year it was a wonderful carpet under them but they didn't like the competition. It was in the lawn under the apple tree when I moved in--it hadn't been cut for at least 6 months so wild flowers could survive.

Wed 21-Apr-10
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Landcress soup, delicious! Laugh

Went up to P's for supper again last night, and he had made it using a watercress soup recipe. So, to be recommended.

Sun 16-May-10
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My land cress is a bit hit or miss. Most of the time it doesn't grow very well but the plants I left to over-winter have shot up. Some of the smaller leaves are strong and peppery so I've harvested a load of them and frozen them ready for when I have time to make soup. I know I should really use it fresh but I'm away next week so don't want to leave it for too long.

Is it my imagination or does land cress need a lot of room? Whenever I've tried growing it in pots it never gets very big.

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I've yet to find out, I have sown some seeds and am now waiting until it is strong enough to go outside.  I am looking forward to seeing it in the garden.

I'll try that again!

Sun 16-May-10
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My last lot of landcress lived about 4 years. I kept cutting it back, and cutting it back, and... so it wouldn't go to seed. Eventually it did seed, and the current plants are a tiny fraction of what grew. I often use the flower heads in salad, in an attempt to keep it well behaved. It will take a lot of space if you let it but it doesn't need to be allowed to sprawl--it will still be productive in a small space. I hope it grows well for everyone!

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Sounds ideal for around my new pond, I would like edible plants around it and it doesn't matter if they take over - there is a huge amount of space and they would have to compete with grass and ground elder anyway if they tried to make a break for it. I_am_Hungry

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