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07/09/2007 Archived Entry: "Nibbling nasturtiums"

WELL, I'LL BE. Here's another of those teeny benefits of being footloose and without an Internet connection at Cabin Sweet Cabin. I was sitting in a park a few minutes ago, downloading email from a nearby wifi system, when one of the garden club ladies came along to water the plants, which are in riotous bloom. We got to talking. She plucked and handed me a nasturtium blossom and showed me how to suck the nectar out of the bottom. Then she started munching away on the bloom. Handed me another and off we went.

We stood there like a pair of proper herbivores, noshing on the nasturtiums -- which are as tasty as they are beautiful. The bloom had a sweet, lettuce-like flavor with overtones of pepper. And a half an hour later, here I am, still alive and well. Miracles never cease.

I normally don't experiment with foraging garden plants. But that nasturtium was nummy. Here's a guide to edible garden ornamentals for your edification. If nasturtiums are blooming in your area, I can recommend a nibble.

Posted by Claire @ 04:53 PM CST

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