Taking a walk on the West Mountain Inn trails in spring is not only relaxing, but you might even find your lunch! After the snow melts, you’ll notice new life in the many little brooks and springs that wind through the woods. Watercress loves to grow wild right in these fresh mountain waters and we found lots of this crispy, slightly spicy, salad green perking up out of the stream. Watercress is a small, crisp member of the mustard family that’s slightly bitter with a hint of pepper and happens to be one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables you can eat. It’s delicious in salads and is also good in sandwiches and soups.
We picked a bunch on the way back from our hike, washed it up and added it too a fresh spring salad of Romaine lettuces, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, shredded carrots and a sprinkle of tangy feta cheese.
So next time your on a hike on the Inn’s trails, look into the streams to see if you find this delicious, aquatic, wild spring green!