Belle Isle (Upland Cress)

Belle Isle (Upland Cress)

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Barbarea verna
Very dark green rosettes of watercress-like leaves, very high in vitamin C and phytonutrients, and at its best in the dark of winter. An item of commercial markets in colonial times, eaten to ward off scurvy throughout winter. 17th century Portuguese sailors shipwrecked on Belle Isle for a harsh Nor’easter winter survived because of it, and took this name back to Europe with them. Seeds germ readily in about two weeks. Completely different creature than Garden Cress. Also called “creasy greens” back in my Appalachian hills. The most cold hardy winter salad green we know, and a welcome tonic in combination with escarole, chervil, chickweed, and chicory. Transplant or direct sow anytime, but flavour is best in cold weather. We prefer August sowings for picking autumn thru March. Spacing at 6” provides the best quality leaves. Yellow blossoms attract and feed syrphids, lady beetles, wasps and other aphid eaters.

Approximately 300 Seeds per/pkg.