Watercress: The Powerhouse of Veggies
Watercress tops the “Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables” list done by the Centers for Disease Control. Watercress has the good fortune of being a cruciferous veggie (known for having cancer and other dis-ease fighting properties) and a leafy green. A healthful addition to your food life, read on for ideas how to enjoy watercress.
There are stories of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, using watercress for medicinal purposes and even locating his hospital near a stream where watercress was grown for its accessibility.
Long regarded as a super food, watercress has been used as a blood purifier, notably by Greek soldiers preparing for battle. Throughout the ages, watercress’s health promoting benefits have been enjoyed.
Enjoy the slightly tangy with a hint of peppery flavor of watercress raw and gently cooked. The nutritional benefits are positive either way.
Nutritional High Points: Watercress is loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins A, C, E, K and Bs, minerals and enzymes and more. Enzymes are the catalysts for metabolic function. It has been said to have more vitamin C than a glass of orange juice. Watercress even has valuable Omega 3s health minded individuals seek in their diets. The necessary nutrient, iodine, is also available in watercress. The nutritional complement supports healthy blood pressure, bones, teeth, hair, skin, and healthy anti-inflammation.
Tam's favorite uses for watercress
Watercress is delicious in salads, on sandwiches and wraps.
Use it in 'Buddha Bowls' or rice bowls. The stem resembles a bean sprout.
Watercress is delicious slightly wilted, as when used as a bed for grilled meat and fish.
Serve watercress steamed with a drizzle of olive oil, untoasted sesame oil or pat of butter.