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Fool’s Watercress

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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.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Fool’s Watercress, Poor Mans Watercress
Scientific Name Apium nodiflorum
Season Start Mar
Season End Dec
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Oval and a bit more serrated than true Watercress.

Flowers

Small white flowers with five petals arranged in an umbel (umbrella like).

Stem

Smooth, round and hollow.

Habitat

Slow moving shallow water, ponds and wet ditches.

Possible Confusion

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 rings around its stem at the leaf nodes but is not poisonous so this wouldn’t be a fatal mistake to make.

Smell

Strongly of carrot.

Taste

Carrot.

Collecting

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.

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