Faqs

Can I cook with salad cress?

Salad cress seedlings will cook very quickly. If using salad cress in hot recipes we recommend adding just before serving. See our recipe section for inspiration.

How should I store salad cress?

To retain freshness we advise storing salad cress in a fridge and washing before use. Alternatively, salad cress can be kept on the windowsill but may need watering.

Why is the product called salad cress?

The name comes by combining two ingredients, salad rape and cress. The original product back in the 1960s used to be 100% salad rape. Since then, through time the ratio of ingredients has changed by increasing the amount of cress to make the product taste more spicy.

How long does it take to grow?

Salad cress grows in 5 days. It takes 2 days to germinate and is then placed in greenhouses until it is fully grown.

Can I recycle the punnets?

Yes, the punnet is made from APET. The material is 85% recycled with the outer surfaces being food grade. The punnet can be recycled as APET through the normal recycling schemes.

What seeds are you using?

Salad cress is a blend of salad rape (80%) and cress (20%) seedlings.

What is the salad cress grown on?

The growing media that we use for our salad cress is cellulose paper pulp. This comes from FSC sustainable trees from Sweden. The best description is that the pulp is half way between a tree and a sheet of A4 paper. For every tree that is harvested three more trees are planted. The carbon cycle is 40 years compared to peat which grows over 10s of 1000s of years.

Can I compost the growing media?

The growing media is fully biodegreable and compostable. This can be added to compost bins and will biodegrade like twigs and can be used to condition soil.

How do you use mixed beans?

Mixed beans can be snacked on, alternatively add a bit of crunch to salads or add to soups and casseroles.

Where do the beans come from?

The beans are sourced from around the world.

How do you sprout the beans?

The beans are rinsed and soaked. They are then placed in a growing room to germinate for 24 to 48 hours. They are then mixed, washed and packed ready to eat.

What beans do you use in the mix?

The mix is a blend of mung beans, chick peas, black eye beans and lentils.

Can I cook with pea shoots?

Yes, if using pea shoots in hot recipes we recommend adding just before serving. See our recipe section for inspiration.

Do you use soil or any pesticides?

No, to both. Pea shoots are grown on a paper mat using hydroponics. We never use any pesticides.

Are pea shoots grown all year round?

Yes, pea shoots are grown under glass 365 days a year.

How are pea shoots grown?

Pea shoots take around 15 days to grow. They start life as peas sown on to a paper mat inside a tray. The pea shoots take 5 days to germinate and are then grown in a greenhouse until they are ready.

Do you use pesticides?

No, we never use any pesticides.

Where do the seeds come from?

Speacialist seeds are sourced from around the world.

How do you use microgreens?

Microgreens not only add colour to dishes as a garnish, they add fantastic flavour to salads, sandwiches, smoothies, desserts and hot cooking. The uses are endless.

How do you grow microgreens?

Microgreens are grown in trays using paper growing media. Seeds are germinated for 2 to 7 days and are then grown in a greenhouse. During darker months we use specialist lighting.

What are microgreens?

Microgreens are shoots with or without the first few true leaves of edible vegetables and herbs. The varieties have many colours and leaf textures. Microgreens have intense and unique flavours.

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