Although it is usually described as poor mans cress it tastes nothing like cress so it is an unfair comparison, it tastes pleasantly of carrot and is great as a cooked green vegetable.
|Common Names||Fool’s Watercress, Poor Mans Watercress|
|Scientific Name||Heloscadium nodiflorum|
Small white flowers with five petals arranged in an umbel (umbrella like) on stems emerging from the leaf stem joint.
True Watercress, pictured, but it smells of cress unlike the carrot smelling Fool’s Watercress. Lesser Water Parsnip, Berula erecta which is more upright, smells of parsnip and has a ring or ridge around the base of the leaf stems and more serrated leaf edges but is not poisonous so this wouldn’t be a fatal mistake to make.
Strongly of carrot.
When collecting Fool’s Watercress from the wild it must be cooked as out of site upstream there might be sheep and if so there is the potential for liver flukes which can cause fascioliasis, a nasty liver disease.