Cress (Lepidium sativum), sometimes referred to as garden cress (or curly cress) to distinguish it from similar plants also referred to as cress (from old Germanic cresso which means sharp, spicy), is a rather fast-growing, edible herb.
Garden cress is genetically related to watercress and mustard, sharing their peppery, tangy flavour and aroma. In some regions, garden cress is known as mustard and cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort, pepper grass, or poor man's pepper.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑːdn̩ kɹɛs/
garden cress (usually uncountable, plural garden cresses)
- (uncountable, countable) A plant, Lepidium sativum.
- (uncountable) The pungent leaves of the plant, used in salads.