What is it?
Watercress is part of the brassica family just like kale, broccoli, arugula and brussels sprouts.
It is a leafy green vegetable just like a salad leaf and grows in clear pure water, hense the name, watercress.
Watercress has been used since ancient times. Roman soldiers had it as part of their diet to keep them fit. Hippocrates, the father of medicine in Ancient Greece used it to treat his patients.
In the 19th century it was considered the food of the poor and usually served up in sandwiches as part of workers lunches.
it is only in recent years that it has regained popularity and starting as a mere plate garnish has moved into mainstream eating due to its health benefits.
Watercress is power packed and has a high ANDI (Aggrigate Nutrient Density Index) which means it is high in nutrients and low in calories.
Vitamins K, B6, C, E and A.
How is it good for you?
Helps to prevent some kinds of cancers
Keeps the heart healthy
Lowers blood pressure
Decreases risk of obesity and diabetes
Helps maintain healthy bones
How to use watercress.
Sauted with olive oil and served with seasoning and lemon juice.
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