Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trader Joe's Hydroponically Grown Organic Watercress

This rather odd item showed up recently among the bagged salads in my local Trader Joe's. I bought it, even though I don't think I've ever eaten watercress and had no idea what to do with it. I figured that I could use the leaves sort of like a microgreen topping on salads--which is exactly what I did.

By themselves, the leaves have a little bit of bite to them. Nina supplied me with the perfect descriptor: astringent. But once mixed into a salad with lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli sprouts, carrots, pine nuts, and dressing, it was awfully hard to notice that they were even there, let alone appreciate a flavor enhancement.

Will I buy it again? 

Only if some day I'm making a recipe that specifically calls for it. That hasn't happened in the first almost 56 years of my life, but never say never!


  1. I've heard of it many times on TV. But, like you, it has never been a called for ingredient in anything I've ever made.

  2. I remember the swan eating watercress sandwiches at the Peabody in "trumpet of the swan " when I was a kid and have wanted to try watercress ever since! Is it like chard?

  3. Watercress is really delicious! Great in a chilled watercress cucumber soup in the winter. But what is a big pain in the butt is that it is grown in very sandy soil and difficult to wash clean enough to get all the grit off. TJs also sells a larger bag of watercress which is what i buy occasionally

  4. Morning i herd it's very good in smoothie so i will have to buy and try it.