Common nasturtiums seem to grow anywhere and everywhere, from high alpine regions to salty mediterranean climates. Nasturtium can refer to watercress, or to the garden variety – the shared name refers to their peppery leaves, and the result  eating them has on one’s expression.

The name nasturtium comes from the Latin, nasus tortus, meaning ‘twisted nose’ or ‘nose tweaker’.


(Image: Nasturtium (tropaeolum) at Vals, Switzerland / Chris Reddaway)