- The time to forage for wild watercress is spring to early summer.
- Seek out colonies in locations that you know are clean. Avoid places that could be contaminated by industrial or agricultural runoff.
- Break off below the leaf instead of pulling out by the roots, leaving the watercress to grow again as a future source for others.
- Wash it well before use.
- Use your wild finds in a cooked preparation to be perfectly safe.
We're more accustomed to watercress in its raw state in salads and as garnish on meat and the like. So, below are a few cooked watercress ideas we gathered together as incentive to get out and find some wild watercress of our own:
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(Images: Six Burner Sue, Mark's Daily Apple, She's in the Kitchen)