There are several herbs and greens that will grow indoors under lights or on a sunny windowsill. Water cress is one of these amazing plants. I learned a bit about water cress as I composed this post. This green is one of the oldest known leafy green vegetables consumed by humans. Water Cress is related to mustard, radish and wasabi; that explains its peppery punch. It’s best to only eat water cress if grown by yourself or cultivated, in the wild it can be infected by parasites such as giardia.
The new tips, microgreens, or sprouts can be eaten raw. More mature leaves can be steamed. Care must be taken when mixed with certain pharmaceuticals such as Chlorzoxazone. Water cress is a low-calorie food and is high in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, and manganese. Beyond eating, I love the lush appearance of my Water Cress growing in a sunny windowsill.