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.
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.
What does watercress taste like?
Watercress has a distinctive peppery flavour and pleasant bitterness.
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.
What is watercress used for?
Watercress is a very versatile ingredient and can be eaten both fresh and cooked. For an added peppery kick boost your salads with watercress or into sandwiches and whizz into smoothis, cook it into elegant soups, stir fries, pasta sauces, pizza , turn it into sauces for fish, turn it into a dip.
Try our vibrant watercress soup recipe.
The sharp flavor of watercress is balanced when blended with avocado, Persian cucumbers, sesame seeds, olive oil, and rice vinegar.
Watercress with garlic and scrambled egg
Learn two basic methods of making watercress purée, harnessing both flavour and vibrant colour on the plate.
Burger with Watercress
Blue cheese, fried onions, and watercress make this juicy burger an irresistible addition to any barbecue.
Watercress makes a great addition to this vegetarian hummus sandwich packed with good-for-you veggies.
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.