Watercress is available all year round with most plentiful supplies from May until December.
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator in the container they are sold in. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Romans called watercress ‘nasturtium’ meaning twisted nose.
- For many years’ watercress has grown in New Zealand streams and ditches
- It is only in recent years that is has been grown commercially
- The dark green leaves have a peppery flavour and are widely used in salads and sandwiches
- They also make an attractive garnish
- Watercress can easily be grown inside in small trays
Watercress is a good source of folate and vitamin C.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.