20190529_185719Latin name: Nasturtium officinale
Location: Plot on Platform 1 (though it is a perennial so you won’t see it in winter)
What it looks like: Watercress is a low growing mass of small, heart-shaped, green leaves which sit on top of lanky hollow stems.
Watercress has been grown commercially in England since the 1800s when Hampshire became the central county for Watercress growth and sale.
How to eat it: You can eat both the leaves and stem of the Watercress plant. Though you can cook Watercress in a similar way to Spinach it is generally eaten raw as it provides more flavour. Watercress has a slight peppery taste which makes it a tasty addition to salads, sandwiches and soups.
More information: Watercress is said to have many health benefits and is rich in both Vitamin C and A, calcium, iron and folic acid.