Thursday, April 22, 2010

N is for ...




Nasturtiums are nice.  Pretty round leaves, lovely flowers, all edible even the seedpods.  Some people pickle the seedpods and use them like capers.  Can't say I've ever done that, but then I don't really use capers much either.  I do love to nibble on a leaf or two and sometimes add them and the flower petals to a salad.  Someday I'm going to stuff some nasturtium flowers with cream cheese for teatime, very pretty treats those are.  I planted a variety that is said to grow 4' in one season ... it's going to have to speed up quite a bit if it gets anywhere near that before the heat zaps it, but we'll see what happens.  Lots and lots of nasturtiums to choose from here .

And now for one of my favorite herbs ...

Nettle is very nice, too.  Well ... not necessarily nice tasting (Though some people say they like it, I don't, but endure the flavor due to its wonderful healthful benefits ... think medicinal herb here.), but it is so very good for you!  Yes, I mean stinging nettle, which really feels anything but nice should you accidentally brush against it while hiking or wandering in the woods (if that should happen, look around for some plantain herb and rub it the sting.)  But, aside from its rather prickly disposition, Nettle really is a natural when it comes to helpful herbs.  Nettle can be cooked and eaten like spinach or other greens- you'll want to wear gloves when picking and be very careful until you've cooked them.  The sting goes away once they're all cooked up.  Nettle tea is also a very nourishing drink, and will provide you with calcium, iron, vitamin C, and a whole bunch of other necessary nutrients.  I make nettle vinegar which is great for those days that your nose is itchy and allergies are making you feel not so nice.  And since I have no time for posting the instructions now ... if you'll click here you can read how I make Nettle Vinegar & Honey for allergy relief.  It works wonders, at least for me!  I also sometimes use the nettle vinegar without honey for a hair rinse.  And no, I don't smell like a pickle ... well, not after my hair dries!  :)
Learn more interesting facts about nettle here.

OK, now I must go and make some tea ...

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  1. My mother used to pant nasturtiums in the flower gardens around our house. when I was a little girl I like to pick on and then suck the nectar from the bottom. These days I love using them in salads! So pretty!

  2. Wow, I never knew all those things about nettle. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I planted Nasturtiums in my garden this spring. I love the shape and color variation of the leaves and hope they bloom for me soon. Another great post!

  4. Wow, you know so much about this stuff it amazes me. I've never heard of either of these.

  5. You've educated me on nettle, but I still don't like it! :)

  6. nasturtiums ... i had forgotten about these ... i think i need to plant some asap! i love them!

  7. Oh, I adore nasturtiums. I was just in my garden taking a little reading break and I picked two tiny squash and ate them followed by a peppery nasturtium flower. They are lovely piped with cream cheese.

    I did not know any of those facts about nettle. I'm not sure I would try that...too many not-fond memories of being attacked by them as a child.

    Thanks for an interesting and informative stop on my little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "N"!

    I always love coming here!


  8. have not heard of either one of them, guess I really don't know anything about herbs

    thanks for your visit

  9. when i was in italy, i was served quite a bit of nettle...i can't find it at home, but quite enjoy it.
    i love nasturium..i grow it every year. it makes a dull green salad look so lovely!

  10. I grew up around nettles and nasturtiums.......they both are great plants....the nettles sure do pack a wallup though....the sting is unbelievable.....


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