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Unceremoniously shoved to one side for a while by rocket and those fancy-Dan micro-greens, watercress is back in pole position.
And quite right too, because it’s teeming with good things. Shall we count the ways? There’s the vitamins A, B1, B6, C and E, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, and quercetin, a flavonoid which is also a powerful antioxidant. This little cocktail will make your eyes sparkle, your skin bloom and your hair shine – in conjunction with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, of course.
A recent study at the University of Ulster revealed that watercress may help to reduce DNA damage in white blood cells, which can be a trigger in the development of cancer. Go eat.
Some delicious. watercress recipes
The peppery flavour of watercress is ideal for this Greek-inspired salad, which is perfect with roasted new season lamb.
This uses great British ingredients and is surprisingly intense considering its simplicity.
This healthy soup is easy to prepare and makes a substantial lunch, or can be a starter too.
Succulent lamb chops go perfectly with this salad, which is a variation on the classic celeriac remoulade.
Try the watercress sauce over roasted chicken breasts if you prefer; you can also double up this recipe for four.
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