floral friday: nasturtium

common name: nasturtium
scientific name: Tropaeolum majus

nasturtium october floral friday

If you live in the Bay Area, you've probably noticed these brilliant yellow, orange, and red flowers growing rampantly along with their lily pad shaped leaves. Plant one seed and you will have nasturtium forever--the plant grows quickly and easily, producing many seeds that look almost like chickpeas. Both the flowers and leaves on this plant are edible, most often adding a peppery flavor plus that pop of color to salads! In fact, the name 'nasturtium' translates to mean "nose twist" for the peppery punch that it delivers when eaten. Here are some unique recipes for nasturtium:

nasturtium pesto

nasturtium hot sauce

stuffed nasturtium flowers