Media often create ‘celebrity vegetables’ dependant on what’s hot and what’s not for that particular month. Papers and digital publishers are quick to jump on the next new super-food, which often feels like a clever marketing campaign simply to whack up the prices. Yet, we often take for granted what’s right under our noses and not going to break the bank.
Last year I remember watching Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped programme, where the beautiful Kate Quilton looked into the modest yet powerful Watercress; the salad’s unsung hero. No longer is the battle between Kale and Spinach for the King of Greens, there’s a new contender in the mix, and there’s plenty of reasons as to why.
There’s a stack of goodness packed into watercress., including:
- It is a rich source of vitamins such as vitamin C, and Is jam-packed with minerals. What’s really interesting is it contains high levels of bone-building and strengthening vitamin K, and vitamin A, which is important for eye health.
- Watercress also holds significant levels of glucosinolate compounds and some studies now suggest that these have anti-cancer effects. Eating these compounds appears to help inhibit breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancers.
- Packed with significant levels of iron, more so than Spinach, this salad leaf is a great source to help fight illness, improve blood circulation and support a healthy digestive system.
So next time you’re making a salad or sarny, consider this little salad base as a great way to pack yourself full of goodness. Check out some Salad Munching for recipes.