Watercresses | Leaf Vegetables | Family Brassicaceae

Watercresses | Leaf Vegetables | Family Brassicaceae
Watercress (Nasturtium officinale, N. microphyllum, formerly Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum, R. microphylla) are fast-growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plants native to Europe and Asia, and one of the oldest known vegetable leaves consumed by humans. They are members of the Brassicaceae family, botanically related to garden cress, mustard and radish - all characterized by a spicy, peppery.
The hollow stems of watercress are floating and the leaves are pinnately compound. Flowers small, white and green occur in clusters.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy: 11 kJ (2.6 kcal)
Carbohydrates: 1.29 g
- Sugars: 0.20 g
- Dietary fibre: 0.5 g
Protein: 2.30 g
Vitamin A equiv.: 160 μg (20%)
- beta-carotene: 1914 μg (18%)
- lutein and zeaxanthin: 5767 μg
Folate (vit. B9): 9 μg (2%)
Vitamin C: 43.0 mg (52%)
Iron: 0.20 mg (2%)
Watercresses | Leaf Vegetables | Family Brassicaceae

Watercresses | Leaf Vegetables | Family Brassicaceae



Watercresses | Leaf Vegetables | Family Brassicaceae


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