Watercress is one of the oldest known and most revered leaf vegetables consumed by human beings. Its history can be traced back 3,000 years to the Persians, Greeks and Romans. A member of the mustard family, watercress remains a vital part of the Mediterranean diet. Most commonly, watercress is eaten out of hand, combined with other greens in salads or used as a garnish on hot or cold dishes. Just adding a few ounces of chopped watercress to a soup will add a wallop of nutritional value. As a matter of fact, watercress contains more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk and three times more vitamin E than lettuce. What's more, watercress is low in calories and is loaded with vitamins A and C. Scientists around the world are starting to substantiate the "folklore" of the nutritional properties of watercress. Turn over a new leaf and make watercress an essential part of your diet.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup, 34g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 4
  • Calories from fat: 0
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 14mg
  • Total Carbs: 0.4g
    • Fiber: 0.2g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Vitamin A: 22%
  • Vitamin C: 24%
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Iron: 0%


Handling & Storage


All Year

Also Known As

  • Brunnenkress
  • Crescione
  • Nerokarthamon
  • nasturtium officinale

Store at 32-36° F


  • Red Watercress
  • Green Watercress


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