Champagne of the Cress World

Posted On: Wednesday October 5th, 2011 Author: kevin Comments: 1

British watercress farmers are one step closer to becoming the ‘champagne’ of the cress world after passing the first stage of their battle to gain EU protected status for the age-old method of growing watercress in pure, mineral rich flowing water. After some two years of preparation and screening, Defra has been able to submit the application for TSG (traditional speciality guaranteed) protected status to the EU Commission for consideration.

If successful and the watercress growers win EU backing, only plants grown in and harvested from flowing water will be allowed to be sold as watercress. Cress grown in soil will, by law, have to be called something other than watercress.

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