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The Concept

The Mighty Greens garden showcases a range of edible plants used in green salad mixtures together with the development of watercress, Nasturtium officinale, from a traditional Victorian street snack to the cutting edge work of the University of Southampton in cancer prevention.

The garden is divided into three sections: growing; preparation in the kitchen and dining. Edible plants are also used in the dining area to add colour and interest.

We will highlight the health benefits of growing and consuming a range of salad mixtures regularly, together with showcasing cutting edge scientific research.

Watercress Facts

  • Watercress contains 15 essential vitamins and minerals
  • Gram for gram it contains more Vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach, and is in fact the most nutritious vegetable of all!
  • Watercress was the London ‘fast food’ of the Victorian era, sold by street sellers and consumed by the public in bunches as an ‘on-the-go’ snack
  • Alresford in Hampshire, the official home of watercress, hosts an annual festival in May celebrating the brilliance of this versatile leaf
  • The benefits of watercress are providing nutrition, boosting immunity, cancer prevention and thyroid support. These health benefits begin with a single serving of watercress as a dietary supplement.