What to do with waterCress

    Watercress nutrition facts

    Watercress is nutrient rich perennial herb found in abundance near springs, and alongside slow running water ways. This peppery flavored aquatic plant has been in cultivation since ancient times for its food and medicinal uses in East-Asia, Central Asia, Europe, and Americas.

    Botanically this fast growing, leafy vegetable belongs in the Brassicaceae family, and closely related tomustard greens, garden cress, cabbage, salad rocket (arugula), etc. Scientific name: Nasturtium officianale.

    The plant features small, oval, deep green succulent leaves with high moisture content. The leaves feature sharp; peppery and slightly sour taste somewhat like mustard greens and garden cress (Lepidium sativum). Racemes of tiny white flowers appear in summer, which turns into small pods containing two rows of seeds. Its mature seeds are also edible.

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