Asaliya Seeds

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English Name Asaliya Seeds
Botanical Name Lepidium Sativum
Common Name Halim, Aselio, Garden Cress, Asaliya

Asaliya seeds (Lepidium sativum), sometimes referred to as garden cress to distinguish it from similar plants also referred to as cress, is a rather fast-growing, edible herb. Garden cress is genetically related to watercress and mustard, sharing their peppery, tangy flavor and aroma. In some regions, garden cress is known as mustard and cress, garden pepper cress, pepper grass, pepperwort or poor person's pepper.


Asaliya seeds is commercially grown in England, France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia Cultivation of asaliya seeds is practical on both mass scales and on the individual scale. Asaliya seeds is suitable for hydroponic cultivation and thrives in slightly alkaline water.

Medicinal Usage

  • This herb is the best source of iron and is hence recommended in the treatment of iron-deficiency anemia.
  • It is also rich in folate, calcium, ascorbic acid, tocopherol, and beta-carotene.
  • These are the main ingredient of south Indian dishes: sambhar and rasam.
  • The oil derived from Asaliya seeds is edible and can therefore be used as a cooking medium.

Health Benefits of Garden Cress Seeds or Halim seeds

Contains carotenoids which are good for eye health
You will be impressed with the nutritional value of garden cress by knowing one simple fact: If you consume just an ounce of garden cress, your body will receive a supply of around 40% of Vitamin A, as it is a rich source of carotenoids. It should be noted that carotenoids and Vitamin A have been considered as among the best nutrients that will improve your eye health. This is because these seeds have the ability to prevent impaired night vision, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts as well as macular degeneration which is a result of old age, causing blindness in elderly people.

Rich source of Vitamin C
If you were always under the impression that oranges contained a good amount of Vitamin C, you will be surprised to know that garden cress is the champion of Vitamin C, surpassing oranges. These claims are substantiated by the fact that fresh garden cress is a richer source of Vitamin C as compared with fresh oranges! It is fascinating to note that an ounce of garden cress will give you around 32% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. It works to around 7% more than what an ounce of fresh orange will provide.
It helps keep your bones, skin and gums healthy and strong. It also ensures that you are not iron-deficient as it improves your body’s ability to absorb iron from the foods you consume.

Improves cardiovascular health
Garden cress is packed with Vitamin K, a nutrient that ensures better heart health. If you add just an ounce of garden cress to a salad which you can have for lunch, it could supply you with your daily requirement of Vitamin K.

Good for your teeth
Among the main glucosinolates which can be found in garden cress, glucotropaeolin, can be best described as the pre-cursor to benzyl isothiocyanate (BIT), a compound which can help combat dental problems effectively. In fact, a study conducted in 1988 discovered the fact that BIT prevented the acid production and growth of Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium which is responsible for dental problems.