He also said that if cress was crushed and drunk with hot water, it was beneficial for colic and vitiligo (a chronic condition that causes pale, white patches to develop on the skin).
What Is Cress?
Cress (botanical name Lepidum sativum) is commonly known as garden cress and is closely related to mustard and watercress. It is an edible plant that has a peppery flavor and aroma similar to mustard and watercress.
Garden cress contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamins A and C. It is also a source of phytochemicals and antioxidants.
One study has shown the chemoprotective effects of garden cress in colon cancer. The study analysed garden cress juice and found that it was more effective than pure chemicals in reducing DNA damage.
How to Grow Cress
Cress is very easy to grow. It can be grown all year round indoors or in the garden in Spring. When grown indoors, either seed trays or wet cotton wool in pots are usually used.
To grow cress in seed trays, lightly sprinkle the seeds onto fine compost and cover them with a very thin layer of compost. Keep the trays moist at all times, preferably on a warm windowsill.
To grow cress on cotton wool, soak the cotton wool in water and stuff it into a small pot. Sprinkle the seeds on top, and keep them well watered until they start to sprout. Keep the cress in a light area, but not in direct sunlight, and ensure the cotton wool stays wet throughout germination.
The seeds should begin to sprout in a few days and in about 3-7 days the cress will be ready to use as young sprouts. It can also be left to mature and develop big, peppery leaves, however if left for too long the cress will become tough and bitter.
Tips on Using Cress
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