Nasturtiums

 

Harvested

(rough estimate due to natural conditions {weather, pests etc})

July & August Nasturtium flowers

Benefits of Nasturtiums

  • disinfectant
  • healing agent
  • all parts of the plant seem to have strong antibiotic & antimicrobial properties
  • herbal remedy for urinary tract infections & infections of the respiratory tract
  • used for external & internal bacterial infections
  • treats minor scrapes  cuts
  • prevent the common cold & influenza
  •  remedy for hair loss & to stimulate hair growth
  • applied externally, it works against various fungal infections, including yeast infection

*Possible Side Effects & Interactions of Nasturtium

  • Nasturtium contains mustard oil and when used topically can cause skin irritation.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use this herb. If taken during early pregnancy, it might induce menstruation and cause a miscarriage. It should be avoided in all its forms during pregnancy – flowers, leaves, and capers.
  • People with kidney diseases or ulcers of the stomach or intestinal tract should not use this herb in any form either.

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Storage Tips

  • Freeze into ice cubes to create a pretty addition for summery drinks.

Culinary Tips

  • finely chopped leaves add color & bite (peppery taste) to bread & butter, salads, herb sauces & dips
  • use in omelettes & stir-fries or sprinkled over boiled potatoes.
  • the flowers have a far milder taste; use them to add a splash of colour to salads, soups & even desserts
  • the flower buds & fresh seeds can be pickled in vinegar (Store for at least 3 weeks before using to allow the flavors to develop fully) & used like capers to add their sharp flavour to sauces, salads and antipasti
  • It is most effective when it’s used fresh & made into a compress for external use or into an infusion for internal infections.

Recipe Links 

Tomato Nasturtium Salad with Dates & Pistachios

Nasturtium Butter

Nasturtium Pesto