Scientific Name(s): Tropaeolum majus
What: flowers and leaves
Where: yards, flower beds
When: spring, summer
Nutritional Value: Vit. C
Nasturtium flowers have a strong peppery-radish taste which really spices up a salad. They can also be added to assorted pickled foods for extra flavor. Blend some of the flowers into mayonnaise for spicy sandwich spread.
They make good companion plants for cabbage-family plants as they drive away harmful insects that want to munch on your plants. They will also help protect tomatoes, cucumbers and fruit trees.
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