Nasturtiums for more than color?


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I have grown nasturtiums in the past and I am just waiting for temperatures to cool down slightly more so I can plant new seeds. In addition to being beneficial in the garden to deter aphids from other plants, nasturtium flowers are also edible. I've recently learned that some people stuff them in the same way as squash blossoms.

Have any of you eaten nasturtiums before? What about other edible flowers?
 
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I have seen them put into the middle of ice trays and frozen. Then they float around the punch bowl and look very pretty. I have also seen them decorating cakes but the cakes were online. The ice trays were in person. I thought it was a neat idea. They are very pretty and really draw the eye to the food.
 
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I'm pretty sure that we already have a thread about edible flowers. Personally, I still dream of eating them but so far I haven't tried any. Eating nasturtiums sounds like a lovely idea:) I'm sure that they will be tasty!
 
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I'm pretty sure that we already have a thread about edible flowers. Personally, I still dream of eating them but so far I haven't tried any. Eating nasturtiums sounds like a lovely idea:) I'm sure that they will be tasty!
I'm pretty sure I did a search before I started this one and nothing came up. :)

I have seen them put into the middle of ice trays and frozen. Then they float around the punch bowl and look very pretty. I have also seen them decorating cakes but the cakes were online. The ice trays were in person. I thought it was a neat idea. They are very pretty and really draw the eye to the food.
Flowers floating in ice in a punch bowl does sound lovely. Don't know when I'll ever be serving punch and have the opportunity to use that idea, but I'll have to keep it in mind.

I got some zucchini plants yesterday and they already have little flowers. I want to let the blossoms get a bit bigger so I can stuff them, though maybe I should just take them off and use them now. The plant is too young to let it produce fruit and I don't want to stunt it by having any start to grow.

I've seen pictures of nasturtium and squash flowers stuffed similarly to grape leaves, but I haven't tried making my own yet.
 

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Ex wife ate the seed off one today raw, you could see where the name came from looking at her face. Nasi tortum, nose twister :D
 
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Ex wife ate the seed off one today raw, you could see where the name came from looking at her face. Nasi tortum, nose twister :D
ROFLOL, Zigs! I read somewhere that the seed could be used as a substitute for capers. I guess they have to be pickled first? Not that I am a fan of capers, but I figure if the nasturtium produced a lot of seeds I could save them and turn them into substitute capers. When I told my mom though, she made a weird face, lol.
 
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I'm pretty sure I did a search before I started this one and nothing came up. :)



Flowers floating in ice in a punch bowl does sound lovely. Don't know when I'll ever be serving punch and have the opportunity to use that idea, but I'll have to keep it in mind.

I got some zucchini plants yesterday and they already have little flowers. I want to let the blossoms get a bit bigger so I can stuff them, though maybe I should just take them off and use them now. The plant is too young to let it produce fruit and I don't want to stunt it by having any start to grow.

I've seen pictures of nasturtium and squash flowers stuffed similarly to grape leaves, but I haven't tried making my own yet.

I have seen the squash flowers stuffed but never the nasturium..... hmmm interesting concept there. I do enjoy the stuffed grape leaves from time to time.
 
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I have seen the squash flowers stuffed but never the nasturium..... hmmm interesting concept there. I do enjoy the stuffed grape leaves from time to time.
I was hoping I would get to stuff grape leaves, but the dormant grapevine I bought never bounced back. I have been waiting and watching since the end of May, but it's still just a brown stem. I think it's time to give up.
 
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we've noticed the xenforo search thinger doesn't always pick up keywords.
It picked up the keyword, I had a thousand hits of edible everything we've all discussed recently. However, if a discussion is old, it won't come up in a search. I've tried using search to find discussions I know exist because I am the one who started them without success. Sometimes you can find what you are looking for via other keywords or by searching the name of the person who you think started a particular discussion.
 
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I found a recipe for stuffed nasturtiums: http://www.food.com/recipe/stuffed-nasturtium-flowers-126169
In my opinion it looks beautiful and I believe that it may be really yummy:D
Claudine, this recipe is similar to what I use when I stuff squash blossoms. I mix minced herbs with softened cream cheese and fill the flowers after carefully removing the pistil. The first time I did it, I put them in the oven; the second time I tried frying them. The oven worked better because they held their shape better; when I tried to fry them, the cheese leaked out and it was a mess.
 

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It picked up the keyword, I had a thousand hits of edible everything we've all discussed recently. However, if a discussion is old, it won't come up in a search. I've tried using search to find discussions I know exist because I am the one who started them without success. Sometimes you can find what you are looking for via other keywords or by searching the name of the person who you think started a particular discussion.
I searched for just edible flowers, with no member name & found this one,

https://www.gardening-forums.com/threads/edible-plants.788/page-2#post-10819
 
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I searched for just edible flowers, with no member name & found this one,

https://www.gardening-forums.com/threads/edible-plants.788/page-2#post-10819
That is a general discussion about any edible plant. When people discuss edibles they usually don't mean flowers, which is a separate discussion. Nasturtiums for more than just color is an even more specific discussion about a plant used to deter aphids that also happens to be edible. That makes it unique, and the discussion you linked is over 100 days old with that last post having been over two months ago so it wouldn't be considered active.
 

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Ahh, you were looking for one specifically on Nasturtium flowers?
 
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I was hoping I would get to stuff grape leaves, but the dormant grapevine I bought never bounced back. I have been waiting and watching since the end of May, but it's still just a brown stem. I think it's time to give up.

I am so sorry about your grape vine. We planted a few and only one survived. I really need to go check on it . We have several wild grape vines growing here at the house. They don't produce very many grapes though.
 
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Zigs, this is the tread that I was talking about! Thank you for finding it, I was starting to think that it never existed and I only imagined it:p
ChanellG, as for the recipe, usually I find fried foods tastier, but I would like flowers on my plate to still look like flowers, so I think that I'll try baking them. Thank you for the tip.
 
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Zigs, this is the tread that I was talking about! Thank you for finding it, I was starting to think that it never existed and I only imagined it:p
ChanellG, as for the recipe, usually I find fried foods tastier, but I would like flowers on my plate to still look like flowers, so I think that I'll try baking them. Thank you for the tip.
Claudine, I think if I had refrigerated the stuffed blossoms for a bit to allow the cream cheese to firm up again they might have held up a bit better. Also, if I had used a batter, that might also have made a difference, but baking is more healthy than frying. I saw some fried daylilies on Pinterest yesterday that I found interesting: http://pinterest.com/pin/321796335845486533/
 
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I am so sorry about your grape vine. We planted a few and only one survived. I really need to go check on it . We have several wild grape vines growing here at the house. They don't produce very many grapes though.
Thanks, Shellyann. The grapevine was one of the clearance plants I got at Lowe's at the end of May. It was less than $2 so it wasn't a major loss, but it would have been nice to see some leaves appear at least. From what I've read it takes a while to see grapes and I was planning on growing it in a container and training it into a tree shape - which limits the fruit, but I'll have to try again later with another plant.
 

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