A new study has named the top 41 "powerhouse fruits and vegetables" packed with 17 nutrients that are critical for human health. Here are 15 (more!) of those superfoods, from common veggies you already eat to slightly more unusual items, along with recipes that really make them shine.
Watercress comes in right at the top of the list of incredibly nutritious foods, packed with more essential vitamins and minerals than anything else. The 15 vital nutrients found in this light, slightly spicy green include vitamins C, E an dA as well as calcium and beta-carotene. Give it a shot in an avocado and watercress salad by Epicurious.
The greens of the chicory plant are an excellent source of thiamin, niacin and zinc as well as fiber, riboflavin and vitamins A, C, E and B6. It has a slightly bitter flavor, so it's typically mixed with other greens to balance it out. Try Martha Stewart's sauteed chicory recipe.
This leafy herb has a number of surprising health benefits, supporting kidney function by flushing excess fluid from the body and helping to relieve joint pain with its anti-inflammatory properties. It's also rich in vitamins C, B12, K and A. Parsley is easy to add to your diet, of course, used as seasoning for any number of dishes, but the New York Times has a recipe you may not have thought of: pesto.
Most people view dandelion as an obnoxious, hard-to-kill weed, but this persistent plant is practically a medicine cabinet unto itself between the flowers, greens and roots. Dandelion greens in particular are loaded with calcium, iron, antioxidants, protein and minerals. Check out 10 ways to use them at The Kitchn.
Did you know that a single red bell pepper has twice as much vitamin C as an orange? They're also rich in lycopene and beta-carotene, both of which decrease the risk of eye diseases like cataracts. The Pioneer Woman has a tempting way to get more of this veggie with a quick and easy roasted red pepper pasta recipe.