Watercress, a member of the NASTURTIUM family, is a green, broad-leafed plant which, as its name implies, grows in running water. The watercress we buy commercially is now usually cultivated in beds, but it can also grow wild in places near water. It is a valuable source of vitamins and calcium.
Watercress has a spicy, peppery flavour and a crisp texture. It is delicious in salads, as a garnish for meat and fish dishes and may also be used in soups and sauces.