You Want to Know What Cold Looks Like?

It looks like this!


This is why heat-loving foreign plants like tomatoes can be supplemented in this landscape by ones that like the cold and think the heat is bad news, like this:

Watercress, Swan Lake

Anything that grows this well in weather this chilly in an old hayfield chopped up with irrigation canals and rebuilt as a wetland deserves respect. Especially, when it’s worth starting a new food industry over.

Here it is without the foreground distractions …

That’s a lot of gourmet salad!

It has the advantage of being great at borrowing water and then passing it on cleaner than it was when it arrived.

Not only does watercress make exquisite sandwiches and salads, but it contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, iodine, folic acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It is a source of antioxidants, a diuretic, an expectorant, and a digestive. Claims have been made for cancer-suppressing qualities, especially against lung cancer and, perhaps, breast cancer. When mixed with vinegar, it forms an ancient Jewish remedy against bleeding. Not bad for a salad! The Okanagan is one of the places in the world in which watercress is eager to grow wild and free in the wetlands that are the twin of the dry hillsides that gather most of the attention. Water supply is not an issue for a plant that lives in it and passes it on. And to think that it is commonly treated as a weed!

They grow this stuff in Hawaii. It seems to want to grow here.



2 replies »

  1. Grows well in Europe as well. Rocket, spinach and watercress salad makes a wonderful base for adding a few cherry tomatoes and half an avacado! Yummy yummy.


    • Got any other watercress recipes? Didn’t we have watercress in a sandwich in your friends’ tea house that one time? Or am I fantasizing, in a mouth-watering kind of way?


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