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Healthy Food Database - Nasturtium

Nasturtium originally came from Peru and were brought to Europe by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Nasturtium is a climbing plant, with large round leaves and bright red, orange or yellow hooded flowers. Both flowers and the leaves have a peppery taste similar to watercress (cresson).
Category: Herb
In Season:
To Buy: Nasturtiums are not that easy to find so when you do see them grab them to experiment. Buy flowers that are bright in colour and not withered. Have fun growing your own.
To Store: Store in a plastic bag in the crisper of the fridge for a few days.
Tips & Tricks: Grow your own nasturtium easily. First soak the seeds in warm water overnight and then place directly in the garden or pots where you want to grow them. Plant the seeds in spring. Nasturtiums prefer full sun to flower.

Nutrition (1 Cup):

Amines: Amines come the breakdown or fermentation of proteins. High amounts are found in cheese, chocolate, wine, beer and yeast extracts. Smaller amounts are present in some fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados, bananas.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. No information available
Glutamates: Glutamate is found naturally in many foods, as part of protein. It enhances the flavour of food, which is why foods rich in natural glutamates such as tomatoes, mushrooms and cheeses are commonly used in meals. Pure monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as an additive to artificially flavour many processed foods, and should be avoided, especially in sensitive individuals as it can cause serious adverse reactions. n/a
Salicylates: Naturally occurring plant chemicals found in several fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, jams, honey, yeast extracts, tea and coffee, juices, beer and wines. Also present in flavourings, perfumes, scented toiletries and some medications.

For those with sensitivities, low foods are almost never a problem, moderate and high foods may cause reactions, depending on how sensitive you are and how much is eaten. Very high foods will most often cause unwanted symptoms in sensitive individuals. No information available

Cooking:

Cooking Tips: Serve on salads and other green vegetables to add flavour and colour. Pickled Nasturtium seeds are a good source of Vitamin C and taste a bit like capers. Soak green nasturtium seeds in salted water for two days. Drain and soak them in fresh water for another day. Drain once. Place the soaked seeds in a jar and fill with boiled vinegar. After a few days they are ready to eat. Delicious as a condiment to fish.

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

* 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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