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!


3 comments:

  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.

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  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?

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  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
    Ttrockwood

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