Watercress, A Wild Nutritious Leafy Green

By | April 19, 2016

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Watercress is an aquatic leafy green vegetable that grows wild in shallow waterways, ponds, streams and natural springs. It is acknowledged as one of the oldest of the wild edible green species consumed by humans and, although once native to Europe and Asia, has now naturalized to many parts of the world conducive to its growth.

Used as a common leafy green in the UK for centuries, it is also famed to have been one of the favorite wild medicinals used by Hippocrates, deemed “father of modern medicine.” Hippocrates was said to have built his first hospital by a natural spring-fed stream filled with fresh watercress to help heal and treat his patients.

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