They look like mini sprouts!

It was a bright and sunny Sunday, so I got into the garden to plant both the garlic and the garlic bulbils. Or rather, I did so after biting the bullet and taking out the nasturtiums which have been merrily growing all around the area I wanted to plant in.

The nasturtiums were laden with seeds and there was a good smattering of them on the soil. In fact, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number – never seen the like before. Probably one of my best harvests this year, so it’s a shame I like the flowers and leaves more.


Anyway, I enlisted the help of my daughter to pick off all the seeds on the plants (I don’t want them going into the compost bin and there are quite enough around the garden for next year). She had turned her nose up at working outside but was more than happy to sit in the living room with a big pile of stems and leaves, hunting for the last of the seed pods, which she decided look like mini sprouts.

Personally, I think they look more like peas, though of course they taste like neither. I’m going to freeze most of them for winter but plan to try out some in bread in the next few days. I can imagine this will get the thumbs down from the aforementioned but you just never know. Maybe I’ll put some sundried tomatoes in as well.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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17 Responses to They look like mini sprouts!

  1. Sharon says:

    They are known as ‘poor man’s capers’. Remember to share the results of your taste test.

  2. I’ve never really noticed the seeds. They do look like peas.

    • Helen says:

      They’re not a uniform sphere like peas but at a distance you could be mistaken, couldn’t you?

      This year seems to have been a particularly good year for nasturtiums. Normally, it might not be so easy to see the seeds.

  3. I’ve never noticed the seeds before. They’re quite distinct…and what a collection. Our’s self-seeds in the fall and spring, then dies back during the hot months. I know that some nasturtiums are edible and some are not. Do you know how to tell the difference?

    • Helen says:

      Funnily enough, I was just reading up about nasturtium yesterday (for different reasons) and this is what I found: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropaeolum

      From this it would appear that there is no problem eating all kinds of nasturtium. However, just now I’ve done a search and one site said they have oxalic acid and that homemade medicines are therefore to be avoided. But from that, I think you would have to be ingesting extracts rather than eating a few leaves, for example.

  4. Great idea .. you should see me removing bulbs and flowers from hundreds of onion weed plants 😃

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