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Watercress, Nasturtium officinale

Family of cruciferae

The watercress is a plant belonging to the same botanical family of cabbage and it grows and flourishes in still waters of streams and ditches. It is rich of vitamins and it is considered a good remedy against scurvy.

The juice is a remedy against the hair fall. It is considered a good cure for gout and rheumatism and so it can be used in the diets of people suffering these diseases. In any case it is a tasty salad which can be eaten alone or with other kinds of herbs. The watercress, as the other aquatic plants, has to be washed carefully, perhaps with water and vinegar.

Picture and text of Tebaldo Lorini
Translated by Gianna Toni

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