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Tropaeolum Minus, Dwarf Nasturtium - Jewel Peach Melba

£0.95

Shades of primrose-cream with red spots.

Tolerates most soils, though it prefers a rich light well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

More and lusher leaves are produced when the plant is growing in a rich soil, though less flowers are produced. When grown in a soil of low fertility the leaves are smaller and less lush, though more flowers are produced. The plant will also succeed in very poor soils. It dislikes drought.

This species is not frost hardy in Britain but it is often grown in the flower garden as an annual when it will frequently self-sow.

 Edible uses

Leaves - raw. A hot watercress flavour. Very nice on its own or as a flavouring in mixed salads. Rich in vitamin C. The leaves are available from early summer until the first frosts of the autumn.
Flowers - raw. A very ornamental and tasty addition to the salad bowl, the flowers have a hot watercress flavour and are available all through the summer. The flowers contain about 130mg vitamin C per 100g. 
Young seed pods - raw. These are even hotter than the flowers or leaves. They can also be harvested whilst immature and pickled for use as a caper substitute.
Seed - raw or cooked. Very hot. The mature seed can be ground into a powder and used as a pepper substitute. The seed contains 26% protein and 10% oil.
 

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