John Hurd's Organic Watercress

John Hurd's Organic Watercress





Traditionally bunched organic watercress. Distinctly deep, peppery flavour.

Food facts

Watercress Contains Per 100g RDA%
Vitamin A 300 mcg 44%
Vitamin C
(oranges 50mg/100g) 60mg 100%
Vitamin E 10mg 10%
Thiamin 0.1mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 6%
Nicotinic Acid 0.6mg 3%
Iron 1.6mg 11%
(cow's milk: 120mg/100g) 220mg 27.5%

General Information

The many benefits of watercress have been recognised since ancient times. Roman Emperors ate it to help them make bold 'decisions'. Anglo-Saxons swore by watercress potage to 'spring-clean' the blood. Victorians thought the plant was a cure for toothache, hiccups and even freckles! The juice pressed from watercress was used for gravies to accompany roast meats in medieval France. In the early 1800's watercress sandwiches were the traditional breakfast fare for London workmen. By 1808, demand was outstripping supply and proper cultivation of watercress began. Hampshire and the chalk belts of Southern England, where clear springs rise from deep underground, offered perfect conditions for watercress.

Other Information

Watercress is an excellent natural food. It contains more Vitamin C than fresh oranges and more calcium that cow's milk. It also contains iron and beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A, as well as being a good source of Vitamin E. In fact, it's one of the best 'ACE' foods available: Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants which help to neutralise the harmful effects of 'free radicals' - chemicals produced by modern living that are all around us, which can damage our tissues without us knowing anything about it.