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Nasturtium leaves resemble small lily pads. They are bright green in colour, round, and have a central stem. The plants themselves are flowering trailing vines with yellow, orange and magenta blooms. The blooms are edible and are extremely high in the naturally occurring carotenoid lutein - known as the eye vitamin. The name "Nasturtium" comes from the Latin words for nose (nas), and tortum (twist); essentially "twisted nose". It was named for the reaction on a person's face after biting into the peppery, bittersweet flowers. It's not just the flowers and buds that are packed with a zippy flavor; the young leaves are tender and edible as well.
Category: Cheese
In Season: Spring
To Buy:
Buy in packs or grow them at home in pots or in the garden
To Store:
Store in the crisper section of the fridge for a few days only. The leaves will store longer than the flowers. They are best stored in plastic in the container they come in.
Tips & Tricks:
Use in salads
Cooking Tips:

Nutrition per 100 Grams:

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Vitamin C:
No information available
Energy (kJ):
Low GI < 55:
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No information available

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Cold and Flus
Eye Problems
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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.

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