Why it’s CRITICAL to water your citrus
Your citrus tree may be sitting there and not doing much right now but looking green, but it’s worth remembering that citrus will produce dry-fleshed fruit if water is sparse in the heat of the season. It’s not only winter frosts
that cause that dryness.
WATERCRESS was once a staple of the poor man’s diet, but it seems to have fallen off the menu in recent years.
It’s a pity because this member of the mustard family is a highly versatile and extremely healthy green to add to your cooking repertoire. Even better, it’s considered the most nutrient-dense naturally-occurring vegetable you can eat.
Watercress is exceptionally high in antioxidant vitamins A and C, and vitamin K, and was greatly valued as a treatment for scurvy. As a percentage of daily allowance, two cups of watercress provides a whopping 212% of vitamin K, 48% of vitamin C and 44% of vitamin A. In addition it provides smaller but significant amounts of calcium, manganese, potassium, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, magnesium and phosphorus.
The zesty, peppery taste of watercress will enliven any salad. Watercress is more tender than kale and collard greens and will sauté faster, giving a mild, peppery flavour to any dish. Chinese cooks stir-fry it or simmer it in soup.
Since earliest times watercress has been highly valued as a medicine. The Romans thought of cress as a vigorous stimulant and would advise sluggish people to ‘eat some cress!’
The so-called father of medicine, Hippocrates, used watercress to treat his patients and he so valued it that he built his first hospital close to a stream where the herb grew so he would have a constant source.
Watercress was also used as an appetite stimulant and tonic herb for anaemia, weak heart and eyesight and to increase milk flow. Today, studies on watercress are showing promise for its potential in preventing and managing
Arrange the cress and orange segments on a small platter. Top with shallots and nuts. Combine dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Serve immediately. This is great with roast chicken or hearty casseroles.