Nasturtium is the very definition of piquant:
|An unusual site in November; an opportunity within the crisis of global warming.|
We are having a late frost here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, but it's expected tonight so I am harvesting the Nasturtium flowers before they get blasted by the cold. Being a native to South America; they cannot tolerate frost, but they will grow all summer long gracing us with their presence - and their food and medicine. Both the flowers and leaves are edible; both give a spiciness to the dishes they accompany.
|Sunshine captured in a basket.|
They are also anti-bacterial and can be used medicinally. I have read of them being used for colds, flu, urinary tract infections, etc. I am going to tincture them to experiment with this use... I will do a vinegar tincture so it may easily be used in cooking and on salads.
To do this I will cover the flowers with vinegar in a jar, making sure all the flowers are submerged. Next I will wait 2-4 weeks, shaking the jar daily, and then strain for use. It can be used for cooking or taken by the teaspoonful as needed - or as wanted for its flavor!
|I used wax paper under the jar lid so the vinegar doesn't react with it.|
|Update: 4 days later, I had to share with you this gorgeous color!|