How Do I Store Watercress?

Most greens do not have a long shelf life.  Watercress is not an exemption.  Once harvested, this aquatic herb is highly perishable.

If you are growing your own watercress at home, you can avoid having to store it by harvesting only the amount of watercress you are going to use right away.

But in cases where you have harvested or bought too many, there are still ways to prolong its life a little.

Like a bunch of flowers, you can put your extra watercress in a jar of water and place it in the refrigerator.  Cover the leaves loosely using a perforated bag.  Stored this way, watercress can last for a couple of days.

You can also store watercress by wrapping a wet cloth around its roots and placing the bunch of watercress in a plastic bag before storing it in the fridge.

If you are buying watercress and not growing your own, choose the ones with dark green and crisp leaves.  The key to prolonging the storage life of any kind of vegetable or herb is to choose the healthiest most vigorous crops.