Watercress

Latin 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.
History:
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.

Advertisements