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With its delightful blooming in dazzling colours, the Nasturtium is one of the star plants of the summer. But in addition to dressing a fence and the edges of a garden, it is also very effective against aphids. Edible, its flowers and leaves can also enhance many of your summer meals. So here is something to plant and grow nasturtiums in your garden or on the balcony!

Very widespread in South America, the nasturtium came to France thanks to Louis XIV who brought it from Peru, which explains why at that time it was called “watercress from Peru”. Very easy to grow, it easily finds its place both in the garden and on the balcony. Here’s how to plant it in pots and in the ground!

Flower pot :

  • Pour clay balls to the bottom of the container at least 3 cm.
  • Fill half with potting soil andnatural fertilizer.
  • Plant the nasturtiums and add potting soil.
  • Pack and water.

On the floor:

  • Pick a sunny spot.
  • Dig a hole in it and plant the plant.
  • Add compost and water.

planting period

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If you plan to grow nasturtiums in pots, the best time to plant them is in spring, in March or April. Being a non-resistant plant, the Peruvian watercress fears frost and cold. It is then to be planted in the ground from the month of May.

Before planting, you must…

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Before planting your nasturtium, you must first choose it. Prefers well stocked subjects whose leaves are very green, frank and free of parasites. Then soak the root ball for a good half hour in a dish full of water before dumping it. This small gesture hydrates the plant and facilitates the extraction operation. Provide supports for climbing varieties.

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How to grow nasturtiums? The latter love the sun and fertile land. Water them fairly regularly during the heat wave. Cut off wilted leaves and flowers to prolong flowering. Spray a decoction of tansy to prevent the appearance of parasites. As for pot-grown nasturtiums, consider making a special flowering plant fertilizer during the growing season.

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Nasturtium is a plant whose seeds, flowers and leaves are 100% edible. Originally from South America, it has more than 80 species. Among the most used in the kitchen we find the large nasturtium and the tuberous nasturtium. While the former adds a slightly spicy flavor to foods, the latter is perfect for sweets. Being a rare ingredient, nasturtium is not very easy to find on the market. In France, it is most often sold in trays. How exactly to consume it? Raw, fried, sautéed or even candied, according to your wishes. However, it is mainly eaten in soup or in mixed summer salad. Of course, you can use this plant to decorate an omelet, some prawns or an empanada. Here are 4 easy recipes to get the most out of it.

Tortillas with nasturtium leaves: a quick and easy recipe

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Ingredients :

  • 3 eggs
  • 20g of butter
  • cheese (optional)
  • untreated nasturtium leaves
  • salt and pepper

Preparation :

Wash and chop the nasturtium leaves. Beat the eggs, then add the leaves. Melt some butter in a pan and pour the mixture into it. Cook over low heat, season and enjoy.

Summer salad with pasta and nasturtium leaves

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Ingredients :

  • 50ml red wine vinegar
  • 125ml olive oil
  • 300g of pasta
  • 125 dried tomatoes
  • 120g of cherries
  • 4 bell peppers, diced
  • 5 boiled eggs
  • 5 onions
  • 15g Parmesan
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • nasturtium leaves and petals
  • parsley
  • basil
  • salt and pepper

Preparation :

Emulsify the olive oil, red wine vinegar, grated Parmesan, minced garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drizzle with dressing. Add sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cherries, bell peppers, onions, eggs, and herbs. Pour the dressing and mix. Finally, decorate with nasturtium petals and leaves.

Homemade nasturtium pesto

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Ingredients :

  • 5 cups of untreated nasturtium leaves
  • 2 cups of untreated nasturtium flowers
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2/2 cup olive oil
  • 2/4 cup cashews
  • Parmesan
  • salt and pepper

Preparation :

In the bowl of your food processor, place the nasturtium leaves and flowers. Add cashews, garlic, Parmesan cheese and mix. Then add the oil and mix again. Season and done! Store your pesto in the refrigerator.

Stuffed nasturtium leaves

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Ingredients :

  • 20 large nasturtium leaves
  • 500g of rice, previously cooked
  • 2 onions, cut into chunks
  • 1C peanut oil
  • 1 hot pepper, finely chopped
  • 1C curry powder
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 1C olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 50ml soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • ginger root, finely grated

Preparation :

In a frying pan, sauté the onions with a little peanut oil. Add the curry and chili. Then cook for 1 minute. Add the rice and mix. In a saucepan filled with boiling water, blanch the nasturtium leaves. After 2 minutes, take them out and place them on a plate. Drain well, then fill each sheet with stuffing. Fold the edges to the center, then flip it over. Place the stuffed leaves on a baking tray. Brush the top with lemon juice and olive oil. Bake for 20. For the sauce, mix all the ingredients and serve.

Now discover other plants and edible flowers to plant in the garden or to incorporate into your dishes.

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