nas·​tur·​tium | \ nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio) , na- \

Definition of nasturtium

: any of a genus (Tropaeolum of the family Tropaeolaceae, the nasturtium family) of herbs of Central and South America with showy spurred flowers and pungent edible seeds and leaves especially : either of two widely cultivated ornamentals (T. majus and T. minus)

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Examples of nasturtium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tear up nasturtium flowers or leaves (a natural pepper substitute) and sprinkle on top for a spicy bite and pop of color. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 17 Sep. 2022 Our summertime version of this mix features several varieties of heirloom lettuce, arugula, and edible flowers like nasturtium and calendula. Natalie Mcgill, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Today, Valencia makes tortillas in pastel colors, pressing flowers and herbs like sage leaves, nasturtium and violas into their centers, depending on what’s in season, and what’s in her own garden. Andrea Aliseda, Bon Appétit, 10 June 2022 Flowers to start from seed: Dahlia, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, portulaca, nemesia, marigold, nasturtium. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 Collect seeds from annual flowers that have finished blooming, such as bachelor’s button, chamomile, cosmos, love-in-a-mist, nasturtium, and sweet peas. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 Chicken liver mousse, for example—which appears on Asterid’s menu alongside Kishu mandarins, pickled pearl onions, nasturtium flowers and sourdough—was one of the first foreign ingredients Garcia learned to work with in the kitchen. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 In another eye-opener, glistening caviar and prime wagyu beef nestle inside a nasturtium cup. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Sauced with a little nasturtium butter, this fish dish is easy, beautiful and wonderfully aromatic. Deb Wandell, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nasturtium

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nasturtium

Latin, a cress

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22 Sep 2022

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nas·​tur·​tium | \ nə-ˈstər-shəm How to pronounce nasturtium (audio) , na- \

Kids Definition of nasturtium

: an herb with roundish leaves and red, orange, yellow, or white flowers

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