Sunday, June 22, 2014

From Garden to Table: Nasturtiums

It's the beginning of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and today I am excited to share with you one of my first garden harvests of the season - nasturtium flowers.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Empress of India, edible flowers, spinach salad, fiestaware, vintage salad tongs, woven placemat

Nasturtium flowers have a crunchy texture and at first taste sweet, followed by a peppery taste similar to a radish.  Both the petals and the leaves contain vitamin C and iron, and the leaves are also said to have antibiotic properties.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Empress of India, nasturtium, edible flowers, herb bed, garden

When I first planted these Empress of India seeds back in March, I noticed on the package that it said 'great in salads' and was immediately intrigued by the idea.  If you have nasturtiums growing in your garden, and you haven't tasted them, I would encourage you to give them a try!


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