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(năstûr`shəm), any plant of the genus Tropaeolum, tropical American herbs (usually climbing) native to mountainous areas of South and Central America. Several species are cultivated in the United States as ornamentals for their yellow or red flowers, e.g., the common nasturtiums (T. majus and T. minus) and the canary-bird flower (T. peregrinum). These species have been hybridized. The plants are sometimes used for food, i.e., the tuberous rooted T. tuberosum or añu of the high Andes, the seeds (pickled as capers), and the tart flowers and leaves (used in salads). Properly, Nasturtium is the botanical name for the water cresses, an unrelated genus of the family Cruciferae (or Brassicaceae; mustardmustard,
common name for the Cruciferae, or Brassicaceae, a large family chiefly of herbs of north temperate regions. The easily distinguished flowers of the Cruciferae have four petals arranged diagonally ("cruciform") and alternating with the four sepals.
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 family). Nasturtiums are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Geraniales, family Tropaeolaceae.
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One of the most popular edible flowers. Beautiful, brightly colored with a sweet, flowery, spicy, peppery flavor. Odd shaped flowers- red, yellow or orange quirky flowers that look like they have a “tail” hanging out behind them. Irregular, round shaped leaves. Grows like ivy. Main stock up to 6 feet long with 6-8" stems branching off. Both leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or in salad. Has hot sharp horseradish-type taste that clears sinuses. Adds spiciness to food. Seeds are a combination of sweet and spicy. Flowers can be stuffed like cups or petals and leaves used in salads, pickle buds like capers. Adds color, beauty and flavor to any dish.
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symbolizes love of country. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
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nasturtium

any of various plants of the genus Tropaeolum, esp T. major, having round leaves and yellow, red, or orange trumpet-shaped spurred flowers: family Tropaeolaceae
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INGREDIENTS Pickled nasturtium seeds 100g fresh nasturtium pods 1/2tbsp salt 1tsp pink peppercorns 1tsp mustard seeds 1tsp light brown sugar 100ml white vinegar Cocktail Ingredients: 70ml vodka 1tbsp dry vermouth 1tbsp pickled nasturtium juice Nasturtium flowers for garnish METHOD Wash the nasturtium seeds in cold water before putting them into a pickling jar with the salt, peppercorns, mustard seeds, sugar and vinegar.
A favorite edible bloom is nasturtium, a colorful addition to any garden, according to Lawrence, who explained that the annual flower's mild, peppery taste makes it excellent in salads.
The nasturtium is a tasty annual that blooms all summer.
Children think it's a scream to eat flowers and there are many choices--calendula, dianthus (sweet William), hyacinth beans, bee balm, nasturtium, scarlet runner beans, stock, violas, and pansies.
Any mild edible flower can be substituted for the marigolds and nasturtiums.
"They are looking very healthy plants so in a couple of months the chimps should get plenty of snacks from the beans and nasturtiums as the leaves, seed pods and flowers are all edible.
Last week Lisa Forester wondered why her nasturtiums were all leaf and no flower.
To serve: fresh bread, white nasturtiums or herb flowers method?
Stick to this list of safe-to-eat flowers (but also be sure you know where the flowers come from and that they are properly identified): apple, orange, or lemon blossoms, red clover, primroses, dandelions (though you can't use those from lawns which have been sprayed with chemicals), English daisies, day lilies, lavender, lilacs, nasturtiums, pansies, roses, tulips, and violets.
I put a cheap edging along the sidewalk to keep my now precious soil in the bed and planted starts of lettuce, radish, nasturtiums and later six corn plants, bush beans, chives and bunching onions.
Tropaeolum is actually from the same family as good old common nasturtiums, but is as classy and picky as they are cheap and cheerful.
Sow hardy annuals like calendulas, nasturtiums and eschscholzia to flesh out mixed borders.