Upland Cress Seed 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. Again, just a tiny bit of upland cress adds a punch of flavor.
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 as it grows to find your favorite growth stage.
Upland Cress is edible in raw and 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 add it 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 Greek yogurt.
Upland Cress seed is mucilaginous, meaning it develops a jelly-like coating when wet.
Try to harvest the Cress cleanly; it doesn’t store well after being washed. Best if you wash it just before using it.
Upland Cress Seed Package Sizes
- The Home Microgreens tray seed packet weighs 1.4 grams and contains approximately 770 seeds.
- The 1010 tray seed packet weighs 3.7-grams;
- and we also sell Upland Cress seed by the ounce.
How Much Seed Do You Need For Your Tray?
You don’t need to worry about how much seed you need if you use Home Microgreen planting trays or 1010 trays. Each seed packet has the correct number of seeds for a perfect tray of flavorful Cress.
The seeding area of a Home Microgreen Tray is 37.5 square inches.
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.