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Also Known As : Jalkumbhi, Chansaur
Technical Name : Nasturtium officinale


Taste Profile

It has peppery and tangy flavour.

Usage Tips

  1. Watercress can be added to sandwiches, salads and vegetable juice.
  2. It can be used to garnish dishes.


Watercress is a dark, leafy green aquatic plant. These are one of the the strongest-tasting salad leaves. Both the leaves and stems of the plant are edible.

Health benefits

  • It contains antioxidants that protects cell damage and also lowers the risk of chronic diseases.(1)
  • It helps to boost immune system in the body.(1)
  • It contains anticancer compounds called isothiocyanates that prevents cancer.(1)
  • It improves heart health and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose tender dark green leaves, without any signs of yellowing or wilting.


People who take blood-thinners must avoid watercress as it is high in Vitamin K that may cause blood clotting.(2)

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