Pretty Tasty: Nasturtiums

May 25, 2009 at 1:03 am Leave a comment

I have a problem, I admit it: I like to only grow things I can eat.

I love flowers, don’t get me wrong, but I tend to ask alot of the things I grow. The word ornamental just seems like a waste—put something useful in that spot!

nasturtiums

So, edible flowers are the perfect mix, and will be all the rage at your next party. Everything looks better with a simple flower flourish, especially one you can eat. My favorite, Nasturtiums, do double duty, because they also are good for deterring pests and helping plants be more resistant to disease. Some say they are like a flower superfood, with natural antibiotic qualities and a plethora of other health benefits.

Nasturtiums come in several varieties, and can be compact or vining. They are really easy to grow from seed, and can handle a bit of neglect. I usually just drop a packet here and there throughout the garden, in between melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, around peppers, near the kale, and everyone’s happy. It makes a great living mulch too, blocking out those weeds.

nasturtium ensaladaAs for eating, every part of the Nasturtium plant is edible, but the flowers are the part I use. They have a slight peppery taste, and look fantastic in salads, on top of hummus, or on the side of a plate to add a little gourmet to your dinner party. And, it’s one of the easiest flowers to grow from seed (yet another impressive thing you can add to your list this summer). So, give it a go!

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