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Watercress
Brassicaceae
Nasturtium officinale



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Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb



Brassicaceae Family

Nasturtium Genus

Location

Found in Northern Arizona.

Physical Description
The hollow stems float and the leaves are pinnately compound. Watercresses produce small white and green flowers in clusters. VIDEO: Watercress, Nasturtium officinale - YouTube.com


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Brassicaceae
Brassicales
Brassicales
Order of Mustard
Eumalvids
Real Mallows
Malvidae
Mallow Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

The name Nasturtium comes from the Latin "nasus tortus", meaning "twisted nose", in reference to the effect on the nasal passages of eating the plants.

one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by human beings.

Watercress contains significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid, in addition to vitamins A and C.
In some regions watercress is regarded as a weed, in other regions as an aquatic vegetable or herb. Watercress crops grown in the presence of animal waste can be a haven for parasites such as the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica.
Many benefits from eating watercress are claimed, such as that it acts as a stimulant, a source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, a diuretic, an expectorant, and a digestive aid. It also appears to have cancer-suppressing properties; it is widely believed to help defend against lung cancer.
Due to its high iodine content, watercress has a strengthening effect on the thyroid gland, thus beneficial for sufferers of hypothyroidism.



Watercress
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Watercress Flowers


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