Everything You Need to Know About Growing Nasturtium Microgreens - FAQs Answered!
Nasturtium, is a variety of microgreen that has gained popularity in recent years due to its unique look, flavor and as a part of microgreens family - health benefits. Especially if we are talking about restaurant chefs👩🍳 (even the Michelin ones⭐️), and health enthusiasts searching for superfood options. In this article, we will explore:
- What is nasturtium?
- What is Nastrurtium Empress of India?
- How to cultivate it?
- Whether it will regrow after cutting?
- Its health benefits and more.
- Comparison of three varieties of nasturtiums: Empress of India, Tom Thumb, Tom Thumb Alaska.
What is Nasturtium?
When talking about nasturtium in general, it is worth presenting morphological information about this plant in a few sentences. Nasturtium, from the Latin language. Tropaeolum comes from the nasturtium family (Tropaeolaceae).
Nasturtium family includes over 80 species! It may come as a surprise that most of them are native to South America and Central America. The plant was discovered by Spanish conquistadors from Peru in the 16th century. Name comes from the word Tropheum, named by Karol Linneusz. At that time, it served both as a medicine and as part of a meal.
What is Nasturtium Empress of India?
It is named after Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, when the British Empire was at its height.
Nasturtium Empress of India is a variety of nasturtium that is grown specifically for microgreens/edible leaves and flowers🌸 for garnishing. It is not recommended to use it for sprouts.
Nasturtium is a type of microgreen that has a strong, peppery flavor that adds a unique taste to salads and other dishes. This variety of Nasturtium has much darker foliage than Nasturtium TomThumb but grows very similar to it. Both varieties give flowers if cultivated long enough and properly.
Its one of the main purposes is garnishing🍲🥙. Makes sensation on plates in popular restaurants, and chefs desire her in their kitchens. Nasturtium Empress of India is a favorite nasturtium from all our varieties and most often ordered ones in our MP SEEDS online shop.
NasturtiumTom Thumb (lighter) and Empress of India (darker)⬇️
How to Cultivate the Nasturtium Empress of India?
Nasturtium Empress of India is not the easiest one to grow, so we recommend you follow our instructions and be watchful while growing it🤓. Here are the steps to cultivate Nasturtium Empress of India:
- Start by soaking the seeds in water for 6 hours to soften the seed coat.💧
- Plant the seeds in a well-draining potting mix or soil. Make sure to cover them with a thin layer of soil.🧥
- You may use cococoir or cocomats as substrate as well.🥥
- Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.🪴
- Nasturtium seeds are porous so they are susceptible to mold. If you want to cultivate without any worries about molding, lower the temperature, and grow them slowly!❄️
- The seeds should germinate within 7-10 days.⏰
- Plants should be ready to harvest in 3-4 weeks.⏰
- Be patient!🐒
Will Nasturtium Empress of India Regrow After Cutting?
Nasturtium Empress of India is not a regrowing microgreen, which means that it will not regrow after being cut✂️. Once it has been harvested, the plant will not produce new growth, and a new batch of seeds will need to be planted to continue growing the microgreens.
📚Read the article about regrowing microgreens.
Comparison of three varieties of nasturtiums: Empress of India, Tom Thumb, Tom Thumb Alaska.
So, now, when you've read our guide on how to grow nasturtiums, you're ready to pick out your favorite seeds. But which variety should you choose? Fear not, we're here to help!
At our online shop, we offer three different types of nasturtium seeds. First up, we have the Empress of India - the dark one with red shaded flowers. It's our best seller, and for good reason! It's like the Beyoncé of nasturtiums - fierce and beautiful.
Next, we have 👉Tom Thumb - the lighter one with yellow and orange shaded flowers. It's like the Miley Cyrus of nasturtiums - fun and playful.
And last but not least, we have 👉Tom Thumb Alaska - the one with cute little dots on its leaves. It's like the Dalmatian of nasturtiums - adorable and unique.
Of course, you could always order all three varieties and see which one you like best. We won't judge - we're just happy to provide you with the best selection of microgreen seeds out there.
So, there you have it - our three varieties of nasturtium seeds. Choose wisely, my friends. Happy growing!
Is Nasturtium good for me?
Yes, of course. Like other microgreens Nasturtium not only tasty but also packed with countless advantages for your health. Here are a few of them:
- Rich in Vitamins🎉: Nasturtium Empress of India is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, which are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, strong bones, and healthy skin.
- Anti-inflammatory: Nasturtium Empress of India has anti-inflammatory properties due to the high concentration of antioxidants. It can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain in the body💪.
- Antibacterial: Nasturtium Empress of India has natural antibacterial properties that can help fight off infections and boost the immune system.
- Digestive Aid: Nasturtium contains high levels of fiber, which can help aid digestion and prevent constipation.
📚Read the article about microgreens health benefits.
Is nasturtium microgreen easy to grow?
Nasturtium varieties are not the easiest ones to grow. It is sensitive to mold and long, quite long as for other microgreens siblings. We recommend starting with sunflower, pea, or radish.
Do nasturtium microgreens seeds need to be soaked?
Nasturtium has quite big seeds, so yes, we recommend soaking them for up to 6 hours. All microgreens which has big seeds like for example pea
Summary about Nasturtium🖊
In conclusion, Nasturtium Empress of India is a tasty and nutritious microgreen that with some time, tips and patience you will grow at home. It can be a great addition to the meals: from cocktails, or salads to soups and garnishing in sublime restaurants. Grow it for yourself, for your family, or for your clients!