Nasturtiums and Green Jug 50cm x 40cm Original Oil on Belgian Linen by John McCartin
“I found some Nasturtiums by the side of the road and planted them in my back yard. I was finally successful in growing them, though keeping the cute rabbits from munching on them has proved to be a challenge. Setting up the arrangement, I included a rustic green jug on a reddish-brown base for colour contrast against the yellows and oranges of the Nasturtiums.”
Nasturtium is an annual that you can grow for pretty foliage, climbing cover, and pretty flowers, but it can also be eaten. Both the flowers and leaves of the nasturtium are tasty eaten raw and fresh. Harvesting nasturtium plants as food is easy, as long as you know a few simple tips. Edible Nasturtium Flowers and Leaves many people assume it is the leaves that are edible, like an herb or salad green but you can use the flowers too, for culinary decoration and for eating. Both the leaves and the flowers have a peppery, spicy flavour and add a bite to green salads. They can also be used in cooked dishes but should be added in the last few minutes to avoid overcooking. Both the flowers and leaves, chopped, can be used in vinaigrettes, sauces, and dips.