nasturtiums, Veggies & Bread

I loooove edible flowers.

As a kid, I used to pick honey-suckle with my neighbor Charlie. We'd giggle as the tiny pockets of sweet nectar popped open as we ate them.

Fast forward 25 years and I decided it was time to broaden my horizons with an another popular edible, nasturtiums. I tried 4 varieties this year; Apricot Twist, Empress of India, Jewel of Africa mix and Alaska mix.

Theses flowers and their leaves are peppery, a bit like a radish, so you don't want to use too many or they might take over the flavor of your dish.

Nasturtiums can also be used as a medicine and are packed with Vitamin C. I read somewhere though, that they may not be totally safe for little kids to eat, so if you've got little ones, maybe shy away from giving them a bowl of flowers to munch on.

Now for the recipes!

I didn't really have a plan for what I wanted to make, but I gathered my flowers, veggies, sour-dough, a baguette and a few types of spreads and started experimenting.

Here were my favorite combos of the batch:

Fancy Nasturtium Bruschetta

  • fresh diced cherry tomatoes
  • fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • olive oil, sea salt, cracked pepper, dash of balsamic vinegar, diced clove of garlic (mix with ingredients above)
  • top bread with the mixture, a few nasturtium and enjoy!

Smashed Avocado & Nasturtium Garlic Toast

  • smash chunk of avocado onto olive oil garlic toast
  • drizzle olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, cracked pepper
  • top with nasturtium flowers

Spinach Artichoke, Veggie Nasturtium Toast

  • buy or make spinach artichoke dip, spread thin layer over toast
  • top with broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and nasturtium flowers & leaves 

Here's a pro tip on flower picking:

  • gather the flowers right before you're ready to serve the dish, if they're left out too long they will wilt
    • if you can't avoid this, refrigerate the petals in a container until they're ready for use
  • pick the petite nasturtium leaves, they have a milder flavor and are super cute!
  • if you want to get fancy, try using the giant nasturtium leaves as plate decor, I ended up using one to hold dips and that was a hit!

Send us your favorite edible flower recipes and be sure to Check out our full round up of edible flowers to eat and plant in this year's garden!

Happy eating!!