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Scientific name: Nasturtium officinale
Other name: Yellowcress
Part used: Leaves
Origins & Properties
Watercress is a rapidly growing, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia. It is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by humans.
Watercress has small, round leaves and edible stems that have a peppery, slightly spicy flavor. Its hollow stems float in water. The leaf structure is pinnately compound. Small, white, and green flowers are produced in clusters and are frequently visited by insects, especially hoverflies.
Watercress is commonly used as a green salad. It is also used as a garnish for meats and other dishes where a peppery or pungent flavor is desired.
- Hair: It promotes keratin’s production and favors growth
- Skin: Helps stop and slows skin aging
- Cardiovascular: Helps lower blood pressure
- Eyes: Helps improve eye health
- Immune system: Helps maintain a strong immune system: 100g of watercress contains more than half our recommended daily intake of Vitamin A
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