Tropaeolum commonly known as nasturtium (literally "nose-twister" or "nose-tweaker") is a genus of roughly 80 species of annual and perennial herbaceous flowering plants. The nasturtiums received their common name because they produce an oil similar to that of watercress (Nasturtium officinale).
This is one of the easiest plants to grow, though to keep them flowering can be tricky. They are also tough plants, indeed, one of the hardiest species is T. polyphyllum from Chile, the perennial roots of which can survive the winter underground at altitudes of 3,300 metres (10,000 ft).
The flowers are bisexual and zygomorphic, with five petals, a superior three-carpelled ovary, and a funnel-shaped nectar spur at the back, formed by modification of one of the five sepals.
All parts of Tropaeolum majus are edible. The flower has most often been consumed, making for an especially ornamental salad ingredient; it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress, and is also used in stir fry. The unripe seed pods can be harvested and dropped into spiced vinegar to produce a condiment and garnish, sometimes used in place of capers.
We offer fantastic dried nasturtium pots of dried flowers. They are fantastic for cooking with and indeed really add that extra special ingredient to cooking.