A peppery powerhouse
Why we love watercress
Watercress is part of our DNA – we’ve been growing watercress for over a century. Eliza James, the so called “Watercress Queen”, created the watercress beds at St Mary Bourne in 1908 and we are still growing watercress here today as well as on farms across Hampshire, Dorset and Portugal, although we have brought some more modern methods to watercress production!
Steve Rothwell, our founder, is the first person in the UK to have a PhD in the physiology of watercress and has played a major role in establishing watercress as a sought after ‘superfood’.
Versatile, nutritious, delicious, watercress is also a sustainable crop:
- Net zero water consumption: grown in water which is pumped from underground springs and then returned to the river.
- Watercress is part of the chalk river ecosystem.
- One of the WWF’s future 50 foods for healthier people and a healthier planet.
You can find Watercress in these babies
Watercress is incredibly versatile – eat it cold in salads, wilt it into your favourite dishes like pasta, risotto, mashed potato, curry, stir fry or try one of these amazing recipes: