February 1, 2012 in Herbs & Spices
What it is : Watercress belongs to the same family as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. This family of vegetables is known as the Brassicacaea family. Watercress also is a strong natural antibiotic. It also contains B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, carotene, calcium, fiber, iron and copper. The best way to consume watercress is in the fresh, raw form, as the most potent parts of it are present in the fresh juice.
How it Tastes : Watercress has a bitter tang to it. It also is quite spicy and hot, making it a popular addition to plain or neutrally flavored foods.
Tips : When dried or cooked, Watercress releases a deliciously unexpected, flowery aroma. Despite it’s strong natural healing properties when taken in the raw form, continuing to eat it over extended periods may be linked to cystitis or other bladder problems because of its strong diuretic properties. Eating small amounts of watercress regularly however, can prevent prostate or colon cancer.
Other Uses : When the juice of the watercress is applied to the hair and scalp, it can help the hair grow thicker, healthier and more luxuriously.