Nasturtium (Nasturtium officianale) are those bright, spicy, orange, red and yellow blossoms which are ubiquitous at time of year. They are easy to grow from seeds, delicious and healthful to eat. Use them to adorn any summer salad or meal. The leaves are also edible. Out of basil? Mine wilted from all the rain. Use the flowers and leaves to make a salad or pesto.Mine wilted from all the rain. Use the flowers and leaves to make a salad or pesto. Here’s just a few of the nutrients you’ll benefit from when you eat these gorgeous beauties:
Lutein is a carotenoid antioxidant, known for its protective action to help the retina and lens and support vision. Increased lutein intake has been associated with reduced macular degeneration. In addition, it is anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant and immune booster
Iron is necessary for hemoglobin and hormone production
Manganese is beneficial for bone integrity and enables a variety of enzymatic functions within the body. It also helps with glucose balance and is an antioxidant.
As with anything, don’t overdo it. Caution for young children, nursing and pregnant women.