Looking for a "powerhouse" vegetable? Try watercress. This versatile, cruciferous vegetable perks up all kinds of recipes and scored a perfect 100 in a CDC study that ranked 47 fruits and vegetables for their nutrient density, based on 16 key nutrients and fiber.

With its small, crisp, dark green leaves, and pungent, slightly bitter, peppery flavor, watercress is a highly underrated vegetable that can add zest to salads, sandwiches, soups and sauces. (You can even make watercress your primary salad green—just trim its thick stems.)

Other top-ranked vegetables were:

  • Chinese cabbage
  • Chard
  • Beet greens
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Chicory

From our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living Spring 2015

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 23 Feb 2015

Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015