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Watercress

Watching Nigella Lawson last night (and concentrating upon what she was cooking) I was reminded of watercress, she had a big bag of it, - something which I've completely forgotten about. Never seen it here.
Any chance of finding any?
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Old 01.12.2015, 09:53
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Re: Watercress

Bau & Hobby - if you don't mind waiting until spring...

https://www.bauundhobby.ch/Baumarkt/...10101/P3114203

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Watching Nigella Lawson last night (and concentrating upon what she was cooking) I was reminded of watercress, she had a big bag of it, - something which I've completely forgotten about. Never seen it here.
Any chance of finding any?


My wife was talking to someone in the know the other day. Apparently there's one grower in Switzerland.

I have bought it at Bettio in the Seedam Center, Pfaffikon before.

I've grown the U.S. version, land cress in a pot here.

I love water cress. It goes so well with game birds and game chips. I wish it was easier to get hold of here.
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Re: Watercress

There will be a poster along shortly who takes personal offence at you criticising Switzerland and its lack of watercress. Expect to be told to leave if you don't like it.

Another poster will smugly follow up about how watercress is freely available in Ticino.
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Old 01.12.2015, 10:10
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There will be a poster along shortly who takes personal offence at you criticising Switzerland and its lack of watercress. Expect to be told to leave if you don't like it.

Another poster will smugly follow up about how watercress is freely available in Ticino.
I remember buying it in Migros - once. But as I generally don't look for it I don't take note of when it is available and where.
(It is coming to the end of the season now - but a quick google has a Migros recipe including Brunnenkresse)
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Re: Watercress

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Brunner Kresse.


It's the closes they get here. It's not quite the size of Watercress, and it's not as intensive in taste. Most markets will do it. If not, ask the local greengrocer at His/hers stand, they'll get it for you no probs. There's a Guy in Wynau (next to Langenthal) who supplies it.


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Re: Watercress

You can get Brunnenkresse (this is actually Watercress the same as in the UK) at the market in Oerlikon on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the big Italian stall has and if you look around some of the other stalls have it too. Weirdly the supermarkets never stock it.

Lovely in a salad with orange and black olives.
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Brunner Kresse.


It's the closes they get here. It's not quite the size of Watercress, and it's not as intensive in taste. Most markets will do it. If not, ask the local greengrocer at His/hers stand, they'll get it for you no probs. There's a Guy in Wynau (next to Langenthal) who supplies it.

That's the stuff I've grown from seed here. In the packet further up the thread.
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Old 01.12.2015, 11:11
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That's the stuff I've grown from seed here. In the packet further up the thread.
Could you share and tips or special techniques you may have used.

I tried growing it once and it looked Ok but didn't have much taste.
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Re: Watercress

I have seen it here - but scarcely and infrequently.

Speaking as someone who hails from watercress country, I can suggest that the ideal growing conditions are few and far between here.

Watercress beds are suited to areas where chalk is the underlying bedrock, with frequently flowing chalky spring water streams feeding the beds.

It doesn't like the cold too much, either.
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I have seen it here - but scarcely and infrequently.

Speaking as someone who hails from watercress country, I can suggest that the ideal growing conditions are few and far between here.

Watercress beds are suited to areas where chalk is the underlying bedrock, with frequently flowing chalky spring water streams feeding the beds.

It doesn't like the cold too much, either.
A decent chunk of the Alps is made of limestone which is similar enough and I have seen it growing wild despite our cold winters. I think the Swiss never really learnt to eat it, though.
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Could you share and tips or special techniques you may have used.

I tried growing it once and it looked Ok but didn't have much taste.
1. Spread seeds on wet compost / wet blotting paper / wet tissues or whatever
2. Keep it decently wet
3. Wait
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Watercress beds are suited to areas where chalk is the underlying bedrock, with frequently flowing chalky spring water streams feeding the beds.
It should grow fine in our tap water then.
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Re: Watercress

I have seen it from time to time at street markets e.g. Basel, and in Zurich - Lindenplatz, Oerlikon.
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Could you share and tips or special techniques you may have used.

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I've only grown it once - in a big pot, kept wet in a shady part of the garden.

It was okay but not amazing. I must have done something wrong as it grew very slowly and not exactly in abundance.

Next time I buy some from the shop I'm going to keep a couple of plants in water and when they root, I'll plant it out to give it a bit of a head start over seeds.

So, not really successful and I'm open to tips too!
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Re: Watercress

I just saw it yesterday at Lidl. Check the Lidl closest to you. And I've bought it at Coop.
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Re: Watercress

There also a stallholder at the market on Bürkliplatz who has it at least somewhat regularly.
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