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What Is Watercress?

Monday, 10/22/2018 09:11
Watercress has a peppery flavor that will add a natural zing to your meals, whether you are putting together a salad, sandwich, sumptuous soup or main course.

This leafy green will not only wake up your taste buds but also give you a nutritional boost. Let's take a closer look at the many uses and benefits of watercress.

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What is watercress?

Watercress is a dark leafy green vegetable native to Europe and Asia. Its botanical name is Nasturtium officinale. It is available year round but is in peak season during the winter months.

Watercress benefits

Watercress is rich in calcium and vitamin A but, most importantly, loaded with vitamin C. It also contains potassium and magnesium, essential minerals that support heart function.

Watercress is an anti-inflammatory vegetable linked to lowered blood pressure, healthier teeth and stronger bones.

Calories in watercress

One cup of watercress contains just 4 calories and zero fat.


Watercress Salad

The sharp flavor of watercress is balanced when blended with avocado, Persian cucumbers, sesame seeds, olive oil, and rice vinegar.

Burger with Watercress

Blue cheese, fried onions, and watercress make this juicy burger an irresistible addition to any barbecue.

Watercress Sandwich

Watercress makes a great addition to this vegetarian hummus sandwich packed with good-for-you veggies.

Watercress Soup

This refreshing soup prepared with watercress, radish, and avocado is the perfect starter for a dinner party or lunch.

Watercress and Salmon

In this easy recipe, salmon steaks sit on a bed of watercress dressed with a delectable orange vinaigrette prepared with ginger and lime.


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