Hampshire's superfood

Hampshire's superfood

Watercress has strong roots in Hampshire having been grown in the county since the late nineteenth century. The clear, free-flowing streams found in areas such as Alresford provide the ideal growing conditions.

In more recent years, this nutritious plant has been labelled a superfood by scientists. The plant is highly nutritious and is packed with antioxidants linked with helping cells to resist damage and disease.

The Watercress Company grows its crops in Hampshire and neighbouring Dorset, producing over 2.5 million kilograms a year. The watercress is grown in mineral-rich spring water from natural confined aquifers underground.

Watercress is popular with athletes as the Phenyl ethyl Isothiocyanates (PEITC’s) found naturally in watercress have been proven to repair DNA damage from strenuous exercise. 

Try adding the superfood crop to your smoothies and soups or have a go at this Power Ball Recipe from The Watercress Company.

facts about watercress

Watercress flowers are edible
The world’s first sandwich invented and eaten by the Earl of Sandwich contained cold beef and watercress!
The Latin name of watercress is Nasturtium officinale meaning twisted nose, due to its peppery taste.
The Watercress Company
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The Watercress Company

The Watercress Company are specialist growers of baby leaf salad and watercress with Hampshire roots back to 1860.

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Alresford Watercress Festival

Celebrate Hampshire's superfood at this vibrant annual festival!

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Winchester Distillery
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Winchester Distillery

A micro-distillery based in Winchester creating a number of gin, including Twisted Nose, created using Hampshire watercress.

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