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nasturtium

Herbal medicine
(1) Tropaeolum majus (Indian cress), a flowering plant that contains glucotrapeoline, which hydrolyses to form sulphur-based antibiotics; it is antimicrobial, haematopoietic and purgative, and has been used for respiratory and urinary tract infections. 
(2) Watercress, see there; Nasturtium officinale.
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4 THE petals from nasturtiums are edible and can be added to salads: they taste quite peppery and hot.
A favorite edible bloom is nasturtium, a colorful addition to any garden, according to Lawrence, who explained that the annual flower's mild, peppery taste makes it excellent in salads.
Many are just fine in containers, too, especially nasturtiums, dianthus and herbs, to name only a few.
Nasturtiums, Kershaw says, are wonderfully peppery, and their pickled buds can be substituted for more expensive capers.
They resemble the flowers of common nasturtiums, being long-spurred, with larger petals at the bottom, but they have a butterfly-like elegance that is all their own.
Edward Kirby, from Lincoln, says: Our nasturtiums have been brilliant but didn't flower well until it got really hot.
It is said to be more compact growing than many nasturtiums, so this could be a good choice for containers - but remember not to feed the plants or they will produce leaves at the expense of flowers.
Nasturtiums are more likely than other flowers to thrive in poor quality soil.
The nasturtium 'Flame Thrower' is another first with serrated petals and a strong fragrance not normally associated with nasturtiums and 'Orange Troika' is a superb new trailing nasturtium that also provides great ground cover; the lettuce Lettony has been bred to cope with our erratic British summer and resists both bolting and rotting.
To serve: fresh bread, white nasturtiums or herb flowers method?
Apart from their current topic, entitled What a Wonderful World, the pupils have also been growing their own nasturtiums and have been learning about mini beasts and bird life.