Watercress

Watercress

Watercress

The Powerhouse Vegetable. This is officially the number #1 nutrient dense vegetable. Packed with Vitamin K which you need for bone building/maintenance and blood clotting. For a full list see Centres for Disease Control & Prevention published (USA) the top 47 most densely nutrient vegetables and fruits.

So not only full of vitamin K but has heaps of iron and Vitamin C.

STORING:

This vegetable is 93% water so when storing remember not to let it dry out or get too humid. So best storage:

1. Take a damp cotton cloth or paper towel and wrap around the ends covering the ends. then pop into a perforated plastic or paper bag (so long as it does not get wet) and into crisper OR

2. Into a glass of water put watercress with roots covered and a plastic perforated bag over leaves on bench or in fridge last 3- 4 days.

 

Try this Watercress soup recipe. Let us know how it worked for you and share your photo of your dish on Harvest Hub Facebook.    harvesthubau

Watercress Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 1 bunch of watercress, thoroughly washed
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 500ml of vegetable stock
  • 100ml cream or milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Secret ingredient: to bring the soup together add in small parts up to a tablespoon of white vinegar.
  2. In soup saucepan add oil and cook onions/leek then when sweated add the potatoes and stir. Pour in stock, season with salt and cover with a lid. Simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes. Taste and add secret ingredient if needed in small parts tasting as you do this. Just before serving stir through the watercress. Transfer to a blender along with the cream and blend until very smooth.

 

 

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Brussels sprouts – the world’€™s most hated veggie?

It would seem that that the world can be divided in to two groups – people who love Brussels Sprouts and everyone else.

Repeatedly voted the world’s most hated vegetable, people do tend to have VERY strong opinions on the humble sprout. But are they deserved?

Back in the day, the main cook in the home tended to cook Brussels sprouts by boiling them (not the best method – it makes them mushy and bitter) and then inflicted them on reluctant children.

Things have come a long way since then – the varieties that are around now are less bitter and people have become more creative about how they cook their sprouts (try baked, sauted with bacon and garlic, or steamed with a drop of soya sauce).

One thing your folks did have right was that Brussels sprouts are good for you. They’€™re high in fibre, protein, Vitamin C and K and are believed to protect against cancer.

So maybe it’s time to give them another go!

The season is just starting so why not check out some recipes and see if the humble sprout surprises you – but whatever you do don’€™t boil them!

Tell us your best or worst sprout experience.