WATERCRESS

29 April 2017

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.

History.

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.

Nutritional Values.

Watercress is power packed and has a high ANDI (Aggrigate Nutrient Density Index) which means it is high in nutrients and low in calories.

Watercress contains;

Vitamins K, B6, C, E and A.

Manganese

Phosphorus

Riboflavin

Potassium

Manganese

Calcium

Protein

Sulphuraphane

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.

In salads

Soups

In pesto

Soup

Smoothies

Sauted with olive oil and served with seasoning and lemon juice.

Click here to check out our Watercress Pinterest board.

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