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nasturtium

(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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nasturtium

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.

nasturtium

symbolizes love of country. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]

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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WHAT YOU NEED A packet of nasturtium seeds, gardening gloves, rake, trowel, plant label HOW TO GROW 1 NASTURTIUMS can be sown straight in the ground where they are going to flower, so make sure the space where you are going to sow is weed free.
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.
Imagine a humble grilled cheese sandwich cut in quarters, sprinkled with chive blossoms and set with a tiny mandala of nasturtiums of red, yellow and orange in the center.
Nasturtiums are the most readily recognized edible flower, having made their debut on salads in restaurants across the country.
Tulips, hyacinths, marigolds, nasturtiums, and sunflowers were as new in Europe as the artistic genre they embellished.
A peppery gazpacho strewn with arugula blossoms, nasturtiums stuffed with savory cream cheese, an herb and flower cheese terrine, pecan pansies, orange flower corn muffins, chocolate orchids and hibiscus tea were not only lovely visual additions to the table, but tasty ones as well.
As for the bad bugs, we use nasturtiums as a "decoy" plant to keep them busy, and plant dill, fennel and coriander to attract aphid-eating lacewings.
Nasturtiums are also flavourful accompaniments to vegetables, pastas, meat dishes, sorbets and even as a flavoring for vodka.
Tropaeolum is actually from the same family as good old common nasturtiums, but is as classy and picky as they are cheap and cheerful.
The long rows of zinnias, portulacas, bee-balm, petunias, and nasturtiums pattern a gay flag at the foot of the terrace, and in the back garden the vines hang heavy with tomatoes, and the bold yellow of squash already ripe speckles the shadows under the great dark leaves.
Nasturtiums have luscious leaves and you can eat the flowers and foliage in salads.