Upland Cress Highlights
- Germination: 4 to 6 days
- Soak: No need—mucilaginous seed.
- Harvest: 12 to 16 days for microgreens – can allow it to grow into baby greens (up to 30+ days)
- Flavor: Intense peppery flavor.
- Nutrients: Vitamins K, A & C, B complexes, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, folate, and potassium.
Upland Cress is similar to Water Cress but has a more intense peppery flavor. A little bit of upland cress adds a punch of flavor to anything it’s added to.
Grow Upland Cress as a microgreen or to the baby salad stage. However, Upland Cress leaves don’t get very large, so instead, wait for the first true leaves to form (as shown in the close-up photo above.
The older the leaves get, the more potent the flavor. So test the taste along as it grows to find your favorite stage of growth.
Upland Cress is edible both raw and in cooked applications such as steaming or sautéing. When used fresh, the leaves can be tossed into salads, placed on sandwiches and wraps, mixed with pasta, or use as a garnish.
Cress can be mixed into soups, blended into sauces, or lightly sautéed and served alongside cooked meats. Upland cress pairs well with meats such as fish, poultry, ham, smoked turkey, avocado, apples, cucumbers, onions, garlic, and even Greek yogurt.
Upland Cress seed is mucilaginous, meaning that it develops a jelly-like coating when it gets wet.
Try to harvest cress clean; it doesn’t store well after being washed. Best if you wash it just before using it.
Upland Cress Seed Package Sizes
- Home Microgreens Tray is 1.4-grams. The HM Tray area is 37.5 square inches.
- 5- by 5-inch Tray is 0.9-grams;
- 10- by 10-inch Tray is 4.3-grams;
- and by the ounce.
How Much Seed Do You Need For Your Tray?
If you use Home Microgreen planting trays, 5 by 5, or 1010 trays, there’s no need to worry. Each seed packet has the correct number of seeds for the provided tray.
However, if you’re using a different planting tray, use the calculator in the article below to figure out how much seed you need.
Click this link to use the calculator: Home Microgreens Seed Density Calculator.