• A good source of beta carotene and vitamin C,
  • A useful source of calcium and potassium.
  • Rich in antioxidants, which help prevent cancer and other disease.


  • May be contaminated by parasites and basiteria, depending on where it's grown.

Whether it's eaten raw, used as a garnish, or addes to salads, sandwiches, and soups the dark green, peppery leves of watercress are among the more nutirtious salad greens.

Watercress is a cruciferous vegetable that is rich in antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and other substance that may protect against certian types of caner, paricularly those of the digestive system. It also has been found to contain a phytochemical called phenlethl isothiocyanate (PEITC) , which may  detoxify the carcinogens that are linked to lung cancer. Watercress is also a good source of vitamins A ( in the form of beta carotene, its precursor) and C, antioxidants that protect against cell damage by free radicals, 

COOL AND FRESH.Watercress, which grows in streambeds, is at its best in the early spring. It should be well washed to remove microorganisms.