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Nasturtium, Garden

Indian cress

Tropaeolaceae Tropaeolum majus L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is a somewhat succulent, climbing annual, with nearly round smooth leaves, 3 to 5 inches in diameter. The pods are near globular, ridged, about 0.33 inch in diameter. Nasturtiums are widely grown as ornamentals, but the peppery flavored leaves are sometimes used in salads, like cress. The young pods are made into pickles. Plants will develop pods about 4 months after seeding. While one of the most common garden flowers, nasturtium leaves and pods are used as condiments rather rarely, and appear not to be commercially grown for this purpose.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch