Though watercress is best known for its role adjacent cucumber in tea sandwiches, we love to pair its peppery bite with richer, creamier ingredients. 

Close your eyes and imagine a plate of pan-roasted duck and puréed potatoes. Looks pretty good, right? Okay, now imagine a frazzled bouquet of lightly dressed watercress alongside. Even better. 

aqua vitae Even better-better? With few calories and high levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene and other minerals, watercress is an indisputable superfood. 

who you callin’ garnish? One of the oldest known edible greens, watercress is a popular garnish in Europe. In Great Britain, a recent PR campaign reminded consumers — with the help of a nude model — that watercress is “Not Just a Bit on the Side.”  

tang tamer Raw watercress adds a snap and tang to salads and soups. For a gentler taste of cress, try it in a sauté, pasta or stir-fry.  

G8 With beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, spinach and tomatoes, watercress is the eighth ingredient in the classic vegetable drink, V-8.  

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