Nutritious and Delicious: Upland Cress

At Live Gourmet we have a saying when it comes to our Upland Cress, “Good things come in small packages”. Upland cress is a leafy green veggie that is technically one of the most nutritious vegetables out there. Not only is it a good source of calcium but it’s packed with other vitamins and minerals including Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Get cooking in the kitchen with a recipe from Savor California for Watercress Soup (you can also use Upland Cress in recipes that call for watercress.) Mmm…delicious!

Watercress Soup

• 4 Tablespoons sweet butter

• 2 cups finely chopped yellow onions

• 1/2 cup minced shallots

• 3 cups chicken broth

• 1 medium potato, peeled and diced

• 4 bunches Live Gourmet Upland Cress (Upland cress can be used in recipes that call for watercress)

• 1 cup heavy cream

• To taste salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions: Melt butter in a heavy pot. Add the onions and shallots and cook, covered over low heat until tender and lightly colored, about 25 minutes. Add chicken broth and the potato, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until potato is very tender, about 20 minutes. While stock is cooking, remove the leaves and tender stems from the watercress and rinse. When potato is tender, add watercress (or upland cress) to the pot, cover, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain the solids out, reserving the cooking liquid. Purée the solids in a food processor or blender. Add back 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Continue processing until smooth.  Return purée to the pot, stir in the heavy cream and add additional cooking liquid until soup is the desired consistency, 1/2 to 1 cup. Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer until just heated through. For more information about Savor California the online showcase for extraordinary gourmet foods and beverages from California visit

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Hollandia Produce gets an “A+” from Primus on their Global Food Safety Audit

Growing delicious Live Gourmet lettuces and leafy greens is what we are known for at Hollandia Produce, LLC and we accomplish this by focusing on food safety first.  We are so proud to share that this month, we became the first North American greenhouse producer of hydroponic leafy greens to earn the Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification.

Here is the A+ report card from Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification:
–       HACCP score of 100% (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
–       Overall superior audit score of 99.21%

We are very pleased to receive recognition for the food safety policies and procedures that we execute daily to promote fresh safe and wholesome lettuces and leafy greens. The certification was granted March 24th and no other suppliers on the Primus GFS list have hydroponically grown leafy greens.

Pete Overgaag, Hollandia Produce, LLC’s CEO said: “The organizational investments in food safety training and reinforcement and the accompanying policy and procedure protocols we employ are the foundation of our company’s culture of food safety.”

“Lettuce” keep our kitchens fresh and enjoy your butter lettuce even more knowing we are the first North American hydroponic leafy greens producer to earn the Primus Global Food Safety Audit certification!