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Healthy Food Database

Watercress
The ancient Greeks believed that watercress could cure a deranged mind. It is a green vegetable native to Europe and Asia and a member of the Cruciferous family. When Roman soldiers were instructed to eat watercress they were noticeably healthier from doing so and Roman emperors ate it to help them make 'bold decisions.'It is enjoying new popularity due to the release of the watercress soup diet book. Recognized by its tiny rounded leaves attached from base to tips. It has a spicy and slightly peppery taste; often used in cooking as well as fresh.
Watercress is usually sold in large bunches. Plan to do a few things with it or it can go to waste.
Look for sprightly dark green leaves - they should not be yellowing. The stalks should be crisp and firm with no signs of wilting.
Remove the string wrapped around the bunch and store in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.
Watercress can also be wrapped in damp paper towels to retain freshness. Eat within 3 days of purchase.
Category: Vegetable
In Season:
To Buy:
Watercress is usually sold in large bunches. Plan to do a few things with it or it can go to waste. Look for sprightly dark green leaves - they should not be yellowing. The stalks should be crisp and firm with no signs of wilting.
To Store:
Remove the string wrapped around the bunch and store in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Watercress can also be wrapped in damp paper towels to retain freshness. Eat within 3 days of purchase.
Tips & Tricks:
Cooking Tips:
Watercress can be added to sandwiches, served in salads, blanched in salted water and served like spinach, mixed with pasta, used in soups ... it's so good for you it's worth adding to everything!

Nutrition per 1 Cup:

Weight (grams):
37
Carbohydrates, g:
0.3
Fat (g):
0.1
Monosaturated Fat , g:
0.0
Vitamin C:
Potassium:
Amines:
Low
Glutamates:
n/a
Energy (kJ):
41
Protein (g):
1.1
Saturated Fat, g :
0.0
Vitamin A:
Iron, mg:
Antioxidants:
Salicylates:
High

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Anaemia
Fluid Retention
Low Energy
Slow metabolism
Bronchitis
Intestinal Worms & Parasites
Premature Aging
Cold and Flus
Liver Sluggish
Detoxifying

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.





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