Walthamstow yellow cress, a salad leaf originally from northern Scandinavia and found in London in 1971, has been rescued from near-extinction by an organic food cooperative. Now that the crop is prolific enough to be harvested, the growers are beginning to ship crops to London restaurants and food distributors. "Although this isn't a native plant, it's a classic east Londoner -- a hybrid, which has arrived by accident on a piece of rough land and made a good fist of it," said Ru Litherland, the coop's vegetable grower.

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