American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various New World plants of the genus Tropaeolum, having pungent juice and long-spurred, usually yellow, orange, or red irregular flowers.
- n. A brilliant orange yellow.
- Middle English nasturcium, a kind of cress, from Latin nasturtium : perhaps nāsus, nose; + *tortāre, frequentative of torquēre, to twist (from its pungent smell). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Capucine does not fail to disappoint - it is actually a blood-red orange flower, more properly called nasturtium in English.”
“A nasturtium is a brightly colored edible flower that grows on vines with leaves that look like water-lily pads minus the water.”
“To make it even more confusing, the plant commonly known as nasturtium is not a member of the genus Nasturtium; they’re not even related.”
“A small handful (perhaps 12), young edible flowers, such as nasturtium”
“The chef makes his own red wine, Douglas fir pine needle and nasturtium flower vinegars.”
“I like to keep my own seed to save having to buy plants that come easily, such as tagetes, nasturtium, calendula and Californian poppy.”
“On the menu, there's a partial list of what Bell Book & Candle grows, including various herbs, four varieties of nasturtium, lettuces and tomatoes.”
“Some restaurants actually have foragers on their payrolls, and others need to hire artistically talented cooks to plate dishes so that each leaf, each carrot stalk, each nasturtium flower, each pod of immature sweet peas, is placed just so - a serious challenge when tonight's wild harvest contains a surprise crop of newcomers.”
“The flowers I remember from growing up were old-fashioned summer flowers: marigolds, zinnias, calendula, gladiolus, nasturtium, hollyhocks.”
“Patty chose to explore several of Jordan's seafood offerings on our last visit: Blue Lantern Bay Scallops $18, the small bay mollusks set against braised radishes, beurre blanc, fish sauce, sea buckthorn, and - yes, nasturtium!”
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