Kitchen Garden | Organic Gardens | Potted Plants | Growing Plants

Amazon Stuff

February 2013
M T W T F S S
« Jan   Mar »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728  

Facebook Fan Page


Watercresses are perennial plants and belongs to the family of Brassicaceae.




Images of Watercresses at google.com

Watercresses are perennial plants and belong to the family Brassicaceae.

Overview of Watercresses

• They are fast-growing.
• They are aquatic or semi-aquatic.
• They are native to Europe and Asia.
• They are one of the oldest known leaf vegetables.
• They are botanically related to garden cress, mustard and radish.
• They are noteworthy for a peppery and a tangy flavor.
• The stems of watercress are hollow.
• Hence, stems of watercress are floating.
• The leaves are p innately compound.
• It bears small, white and green flowers which are produced in clusters.
• Watercress has been grown around the world.

Health benefits of Watercresses

Watercress contains significant amounts of:
• Iron
• Calcium
• Iodine
• Folic acid
• Vitamins A and C

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
• Energy – 11 kJ (2.6 kcal)
• Carbohydrates – 1.29 g
• Sugars – 0.20 g
• Dietary fiber – 0.5 g
• Protein – 2.30 g
• Vitamin A equiv. – 160 ?g (20%)
• Beta-carotene – 1914 ?g (18%)
• Lutein and zeaxanthin – 5767 ?g
• Folate (vit. B9) – 9 ?g (2%)
• Vitamin C – 43.0 mg (52%)
• Iron – 0.20 mg (2%)
It acts as a:
– Stimulant
– A source of phytochemicals
– Antioxidants
– Diuretic
– Expectorant
– Digestive aid
– Antiangiogenic cancer-suppressing properties
– Defend against lung cancer
– Inhibits the growth of breast cancer
– Inhibits angiogenesis

Side-effects of Watercresses
Watercress is a known inhibitor of the cytochrome P450 CYP2E1.

Scientific classification for Watercresses

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Rosids
• Order : Brassicales
• Family : Brassicaceae
• Genus : Nasturtium

Growing/Caring conditions for Watercresses

• Fill the container with a soil-less medium like mulch.
• It should be well draining and nutrient rich medium
• The medium is best if it contains perlite and peat moss.
• Water the container from the top.
• This is done to saturate the media.
• It is set on a tray filled with water.
• This is to keep it wet.
• This plant likes plenty of water.
• Sow watercress seeds about 1/4 inch deep.
• Sow them thickly.
• This is to ensure that you have plenty of sprouts.
• Keep the seeds wet.
• Do it so until they sprout.
• Once each sprout has a full set of leaves, thin the plants.
• The plants should be spaced 8 inches apart.
• Set the container in a larger container.
• It should be filled with 3 inches of water.
• This will ensure the plant to stay wet.
• The roots should be submerged.
• Change the water once a week.
• Fertilize the watercress.
• Do so with a liquid 10-10-10 fertilizer.
• Harvest the dark leaves year round.
• Harvest them by cutting or pinching off the leaves.





Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>