Growing watercress indoors year-round with ROOT’s smart hydroponic garden system is easy and affordable to do.
Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) may look delicate, but it has a spicy, peppery flavor that wakes up any dish. You can make a simple watercress salad dressed with a delicate vinaigrette, toss a handful inside of a sandwich to elevate the simple into something gourmet or add it to veggie pastas at the very end to add color and flavor.
Let’s begin our journey and discover why having fresh, organic hydroponic watercress is an asset to your indoor garden.
1/ Cancer Blocker
Watercress is considered a cruciferous vegetable which is known as a diindolylmethane (DIM). Many studies have been conducted on DIMs to prove that they help to prevent cancer. Sulfur-containing compounds (namely sulforaphane) which give these types of plants their bitter bite are also what give them their cancer-fighting power.
2/ Lowers Blood Pressure
Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are in watercress and these minerals are shown to reduce blood pressure, inhibit platelet aggregation (blood clots), and preserve or improve endothelial dysfunction (vascular diseases).
3/ Bone Health
Watercress contains Vitamin K which helps strengthen bone proteins, improves calcium absorption, and reduces urinary excretion of calcium.
4/ Helps with Diabetes
Watercress contains alpha-lipoic acid which is an antioxidant that lowers glucose levels, increases insulin sensitivity, and prevents oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.
5/ Aids the Thyroid Gland
Watercress is a member of the brassica family of cruciferous vegetables which has shown beneficial effects by reducing thyroid hormone production.
6/ Heart Health
Cruciferous plants such as watercress are beneficial in lowering LDL-Cholesterol which reduces the risk of heart disease. Watercress also contains vitamin C which works as an antioxidant to reduce heart tissue damage caused by oxidative stress.
One cup of chopped watercress contains:
106% Daily Value Vitamin K
24% DV Vitamin C
22% DV Vitamin A
4% DV Calcium and Manganese
Growing watercress indoors is now so easy with ROOT’s super smart vertical hydroponic garden system allows plants to grow 55% faster than a conventional outdoor garden. You can grow watercress indoors so that you can add a peppery kick to salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and even soups. Regardless of the season or climate, you can have fresh organic watercress on-demand right from your own countertop. Get an instant green thumb with ROOT!