Watercress is one of the earliest of local wild edibles

My daughter and I went out for a “date day” on Monday and were bicycling in the Air Force Academy when I found some watercress growing in the creek. Watercress is easy to pass by as it looks just like a weed growing in the water, however, it’s a great plant to find and use.

Related to broccoli, radishes, cauliflower, and other mustard-family plants, watercress offers you a spicy flavor to add to salads or sandwiches. It has 10 or more amino acids, and vitamins A , B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B17, C, D, E, K.  Here’s an interesting fact I got off of the website, Herbs Are Special:

Watercress contains more sulphur than any other vegetable, except horseradish. Sulphur rich foods play an important part in protein absorption, blood purifying, cell building and in healthy hair and skin.

Watercress is good as a food item and also medicinally (though I’ll always try to mention that medicinal uses are mostly anecdotal).

I’ll be posting a note in the next week or so about our 2011 class dates. Keep watching and let your friends know.

Thanks for reading.

The Colorado Springs photographer (and wild foods forager)