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About watercress

Once used mainly as a garnish and a staple in the diet of Roman soldiers, watercress is now making headlines as one of the latest superfoods to hit the table. It has a piquant flavor, with spicy, peppery notes similar to those of radish or wasabi. The leaves, fruit, and stems are all edible and, while they are typically eaten raw, they can also be cooked or pureed and added to soups and sauces.

A member of the mustard family, watercress is an aquatic flowering plant grown in natural spring water. The perennial plant grows rapidly and is native to Asia and Europe. Watercress stems are hollow and float in water and produce small, white and green flowers. While it may be mistaken for a weed, it has a distinct flavor and many health benefits associated with it.

In addition to traditional watercress, there are three varieties that are practically interchangeable.
  • Upland Cress: This variety has thinner stems than traditional watercress and a more delicate flavor. It is typically sold with the roots still attached to it.
  • Garden Cress: This variety has a spicier flavor than traditional watercress.
  • Koren watercress: This variety is bitter and crunchier.

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FAQs About Watercress

Simply rinse your watercress under cool water and pat dry. Watercress can be eaten raw in a salad or smoothie or added to a sandwich for an extra spicy kick. It can also be steamed or sauteed as you would spinach. You can create a delicious pesto for your pasta or add ginger and tomato for a side dish that is sure to please.

Yes. Watercress is very low in calories and contains a variety of antioxidants that can help lower glucose levels. Studies have shown that eating cruciferous vegetables can help reduce your risk of heart disease and various types of cancer, including breast and bladder. Watercress is also a good source of minerals that help keep your bones strong and healthy. Additionally, the vegetable has lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect your eyes from blue light, as well as vitamin C, which lowers your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. To get the most health benefits, eat watercress raw or only slightly steam it.

You'll know your watercress is beginning to turn bad if the leaves begin to wilt or get soft and mushy. At this point, they can still be used, but will lose some of their pungent flavor. Once the leaves begin to separate from each other or become watery, it's a good idea to throw them away. Another feature to look out for is the color. Watercress should be dark green, so if the leaves become discolored or very light, they are no longer edible.
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