Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is a plant that has various gourmet uses as belied by the South American Indian name Indian Cress.The leaves have a tangy cress-like flavour which can be used in salads. The flowers, which have a similar taste, make a good salad garnish or can be pickled. The flower buds and young seeds are used as caper substitutes. Mature seeds can be roasted and eaten, and make a good pepper alternative.
I’m just happy to grow nasturtiums on the plot for their looks! The orange and red flowers I find slightly garish but I like the maroon and yellow ones. Even better is the aptly named variety Peach Melba which I find most attractive,and is now the new header picture as well.
I’ve saved seeds from the plants that have grown on the plot which should give me another good display next year.