FOOD & DRINK
04/04/2013 09:13 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Recipes That Show You How Watercress Is Supposed To Be Eaten

This delicate, wild green is one that you have to look out for at the farmer's market.

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Photo credit: Sweet Paul, Sunday Suppers, Alexandra Cooks, Boulder Locavore, The View From The Great Island, Heather Christo

One of our favorite warm-weather produce arrivals -- we have so many! -- is watercress. This delicate, wild green is one that you have to look out for at the farmer's market. In just one blink, entire stocks will be sold out. (It doesn't help that restaurants often reserve their order of watercress in advance, greedily diminishing the limited supply of this precious green even further.)

Ever so popular in Europe, watercress grows wild near creeks and streams (hence the name); it can also be farmed, though with a slightly different result. If you do get your hands on this peppery green, consider yourself lucky. And make the most of your bounty with the recipes below.

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