Nasturtium, Tom Thumb microgreens- general information
Compact non-trailing plants with single spurred flowers in mixed colours and with light green foliage. Suitable for growing edible leaves or for edible flowers.
Nasturtium, derived from the Latin language, belongs to the Tropaeolum genus within the nasturtium family, Tropaeolaceae. The name "Tropaeolum" has its origins in the Latin word "Tropheum." This plant family comprises a diverse group with over 80 species, and it might surprise many that the majority are native to South America and Central America.
How does Nasturtium Tom Thumb taste and look?
Nasturtium microgreens and edible flowers from the nasturtium plant are not only visually appealing but also bring flavor to your dishes.
Leaves and Microgreens: The leaves and microgreens of nasturtium have a peppery and slightly spicy flavor, similar to arugula. This adds a zesty kick to salads, sandwiches, and other dishes.
Flowers: Nasturtium flowers are not just visually appealing; they also contribute a mildly peppery taste. The flavor is often described as a mix of pepper and watercress, making them a unique and edible addition to various culinary creations.
Leaves and Microgreens: Nasturtium leaves are typically round to shield-shaped, and the microgreens are young, tender versions of these leaves. They exhibit vibrant green hues and have a delicate, yet robust, texture.
Flowers: Nasturtium flowers are perhaps the most captivating aspect. They come in a range of colors, including vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds. The flowers are characterized by a unique funnel-like shape with a central spur. The overall appearance is both whimsical and elegant, making them not only a culinary delight but also a visual treat for dishes and garnishes.
Taste of Nasturtium is little spicy and refreshing. Has much lighter green foliage than Nasturtium Empress of India- compared on last photos on the product page.
Cultivation tips for growing Nasturtium Tom Thumb:
- Soak your Nasturtium seeds for 6 hours
- and look forward to 7 days of germination before the sprouts come alive.
- It takes around an additional week (7-10 days) to grow, but the wait is worth it!
- To ensure success while growing these microgreens in cooler temperatures, try covering them with soil, so moisture won't lead to unwanted mold - keeping watering on low level also helps prevent this issue.
- For growing edible flowers, you need to sow them not too thickly, and wait longer till the flowers appear.
- Nasturtium varieties are for intermediate to advance level experienced growers.
- Once conditions are just right, you'll be able to enjoy a bounty that grows as fast as weeds!
How can I use Nasturtium Tom Thumb micro leaves and edible flowers?
Here are some creative ways to use nasturtium microgreens and edible flowers:
- Toss nasturtium microgreens into green salads for a peppery kick.
- Decorate salads with vibrant nasturtium flowers for a visually stunning presentation.
Sandwiches and Wraps:
- Add a handful of nasturtium microgreens to sandwiches and wraps for both flavor and texture.
- Place whole nasturtium flowers or individual petals as a colorful garnish.
Garnish for Soups and Stews:
- Sprinkle chopped nasturtium microgreens on top of soups and stews just before serving.
- Float whole nasturtium flowers on the surface for an elegant touch.
- Sprinkle nasturtium microgreens over scrambled eggs or omelets.
- Use nasturtium flowers as a decorative topping for deviled eggs or egg salads.
Pasta and Rice Dishes:
- Mix chopped nasturtium microgreens into pasta or rice dishes for added flavor.
- Garnish the final dish with whole nasturtium flowers for a burst of color.
- Arrange nasturtium microgreens on cheese platters to complement the flavors of different cheeses.
- Use nasturtium flowers as a colorful and edible centerpiece for cheese boards.
Herb Infused Butter or Cream Cheese:
- Blend chopped nasturtium microgreens into softened butter or cream cheese for a flavored spread.
- Decorate the spread with whole nasturtium flowers for a visually appealing touch.
Infused Water or Cocktails:
- Add nasturtium flowers to ice cubes for a decorative addition to infused water or cocktails.
- Float whole nasturtium flowers in drinks for an elegant and edible garnish.
- Stir nasturtium microgreens into vegetable stir-fries for a peppery twist.
- Add nasturtium flowers at the end of cooking for a vibrant finish.
- Garnish desserts like cakes, tarts, or puddings with nasturtium flowers for a unique touch.
- Infuse syrups or honey with nasturtium petals for a floral and spicy flavor.
- Use nasturtium flowers as a colorful and edible decoration for plates to elevate the visual appeal of your dishes.
- Experiment with arranging nasturtium microgreens in creative patterns for a culinary artistry touch.
Remember to wash nasturtium microgreens and flowers thoroughly before using them. Additionally, ensure that you source them from a safe and pesticide-free environment if you're growing them yourself or with trustworthy supplier. Enjoy the unique flavors and aesthetics that MP SEEDS nasturtium microgreens and edible flowers bring to your culinary creations!
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