Information About Watercress

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Care Of Watercress: Growing Watercress Plants In Gardens

By Amy Grant

Because watercress thrives in clear, slow moving water, many gardeners refrain from planting it. The fact is that the plant is very adaptable and watercress cultivation can be attained in a number of different ways at home.

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I have never grown my own cress but knowing it would be ready to eat in 5 days sounds wonderful. If it is this easy to grow, I wonder why more people don't do this at home. You could have an endless supply of greens that would be fresh and healthy for you all year long. julies September 18, 2012

I enjoy adding penny cress to salad and sandwiches. The only negative thing I have found is that it doesn't last nearly as long as other greens I buy.

I have tried putting the stems in water and refrigerating them that way. This seems to keep the cress crisp until I am ready to use it. I really don't like greens that have wilted and this way I can have fresh, peppery greens as long as I use them within a week. LisaLou September 17, 2012

When I am adding greens to a sandwich, I like to use cress because of the slightly spicy taste it gives to the sandwich. Just a little bit can go a long way though, and I definitely wouldn't want to make a whole salad with this.

I usually pick this up at the farmers market from time to time. It doesn't seem to be readily available in the stores where I live, so I take advantage of buying it when I can. Mykol September 17, 2012

I am not much of a gardener but thought it would be easy to at least grow my own lettuce for salad. I planted some watercress not realizing that it would have such a peppery, hot taste to it.

It was too hot for me to enjoy and every time I tried to eat a salad with watercress I would end up coughing. Even though it was easy to grow, I wouldn't plant it again because I ended up letting it go to seed without using it. There are other varieties of salad greens that I prefer instead of watercress. anon60303 January 13, 2010

this article is very educational and well understood in the young mind. i appreciate the time the writer has spent on this piece.

Watercress nutrition facts

As per the USDA National Nutrient Database, 100 grams of raw watercress provides-

  • Water [g] 11
  • Protein [g] 3
  • Carbohydrate, by difference [g] 29
  • Sugars, total [g] 2
  • Energy [kcal] 11
  • Total lipid (fat) [g] 1
  • Fiber, total dietary [g] 5
  • Iron, Fe [mg] 2
  • Phosphorus, P [mg] 60
  • Magnesium, Mg [mg] 21
  • Calcium, Ca [mg] 120
  • Zinc, Zn [mg] 11
  • Thiamin [mg] 09
  • Potassium, K [mg] 330
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg] 43
  • Sodium, Na [mg] 41
  • Folate, DFE [µg] 9
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g] 04, Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g] 01
  • Niacin [mg] 2
  • Riboflavin [mg] 12
  • Vitamin A, IU [IU] 3191, Vitamin A, RAE [µg] 160, Vitamin B-12 [µg] 0, Vitamin B-6 [mg] 13, Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg] 250, Vitamin D [IU] 0, Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg] 0
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg] 1
  • Fatty acids, total trans [g] 0, Fatty acids, total saturated [g] 03
  • Caffeine [mg] 0
  • Cholesterol [mg] 0

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