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Substitute for watercress?

mmuch Sep 13, 2009 03:00 PM


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    Harters RE: mmuch Sep 13, 2009 03:05 PM


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      Caralien RE: Harters Sep 13, 2009 03:07 PM

      arugula (US for rocket) would be a good replacement. Either that or another mildly bitter and slightly sour baby green

    2. hotoynoodle RE: mmuch Sep 13, 2009 03:05 PM

      any assertive green with tender leaves-- arugula, endive, radicchio, even spinach.

      1. goodhealthgourmet RE: mmuch Sep 13, 2009 03:27 PM

        arugula would be my first choice, followed by escarole or endive...or radicchio if you don't mind the color difference. of course this is assuming the watercress is a major ingredient in whatever you're making. if the recipe doesn't call for a lot or it's just being used to add some flavor, you can use Italian (flat-leaf) parsley.

        1. Gio RE: mmuch Sep 13, 2009 05:33 PM

          Because watercress has a peppery bite to it I recommend arugula. However, if you have access to nasturtium flowers and/or leaves that might be a satisfactory substitute. Note that you don't want flowers from a florist, but from a farm that has either IPM growing procedures in place or grows organically. Endive, radicchio, and spinach can be bitter but what you're looking for is that fresh peppery flavor.....

          1. fmcoxe6188 RE: mmuch Sep 14, 2009 06:59 AM

            A bit out of season now- but would mache work? Though the flavor isnt quite as strong...

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              mjhals RE: fmcoxe6188 Sep 14, 2009 07:10 AM

              I'd only use mache if it were subing in a salad as both watercress and mache have a soft bite that are comparable. But if you're looking to mimic watercress flavor, I wouldn't select mache. I find it to be much milder than watercress (really, among the mildest greens period), which is why I love it. It's my favorite green for salads, really miss German supermarkets where it was more common than iceberg!

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                fmcoxe6188 RE: mjhals Sep 14, 2009 09:06 AM

                Oh it is absolutely much milder....one of the reasons I love it as well :-) Often though I prefer it to Watercress as a "greens" accompaniment. Just yesterday I had a poached egg dish that had a few sprigs of watercress on the side -I suppose for some sort of greenery on the plate, and I would have appreciated Mache in place it for that milder taste.

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