Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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Garden Cress/Karse/独行菜[dú xíng cài]


Garden Cress is commonly found in the Danish supermarket. It is commercially grown in England, France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. In some regions, garden cress is known as garden pepper cress, pepper grass, pepperwort or poor man's pepper. Garden cress is considered as one of the species of the genus of the family of mustards. It is also eaten as sprouts, and the fresh or dried seed pods can be used as a peppery seasoning. In England and Denmark, cut cress shoots are typically used in sandwiches with boiled eggs, mayonnaise and salt.

Directions:
1. Rinse, cut and serve.

2. Add raw garden cress to salad and sandwiches or as garnish for soups.

Nutritional value:
Garden cress is a good source of iron, folic acid, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A.

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Additional information:
I have seen this many times in the Danish supermarket, and I have always wandered to myself how it is eaten. I have never bought it as I am afraid that it would taste very raw like eating grass or raw bean spouts. Then I started taking an interest in cooking, and I saw that this is one of the ingredients called for in a Danish potato salad recipe. So, I decided to try it today after being 9 years in Denmark! It actually tastes very fresh and light.

Journal:
Today is the first time J (15M25D) was introduced to garden cress. No allergic reaction so far.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_cress

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