A peppery, slightly bitter taste and lots of vitamin A and lutein (which is good for your eyes and helps fight cancer) make
this a leafy green worth incorporating into your diet.
How to Choose Watercress
Look for bunches with firm stems and leaves free of any yellowing. Watercress is spicy, but for even more kick, try a similar green called upland cress. It has delicate, clover-shaped leaves; thinner stems; and attached roots.
How to Store Watercress
Loosely wrap watercress (washed or unwashed) in a damp paper towel, seal it in a plastic bag, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If a rubber band secures the bunch, remove it so air can circulate around the stems and leaves.
How to Prepare Watercress
Simply trim off any large, tough stems, then wash and pat dry.
How to Use Watercress
Watercress is great in salads and sandwiches as a nutrient-rich alternative to lettuce.
Real Simple Watercress Recipes:
- Watercress and Buttermilk Soup
- Bacon, Potato, and Watercress Salad
- Steak and Watercress Salad With Miso Dressing
- Beef Quesadillas With Watercress and Corn Salad
- Crispy Pomegranate, Watercress, and Fennel Salad
Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.
Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.