Capuchins in the photo - a vivid memory of the summer

Probably, there are not very many household plots, the owners of which have never grown such amazing flowers as capuchins. These bright flower arrangements, which adorn the garden all summer long, can bring a warm smile on winter evenings, just look at the Capuchins in the photo.

The capuchin is very decorative. Low-growing varieties are planted on curbs and flower beds.

A joy for the eyes and stomach
Like many other popular plants found in most countries of the world, this flower has several names: capuchin, nasturtium, Spanish watercress, lettuce.

So some novice gardeners are surprised to recognize the Capuchins in the photo in popular cookbooks. The thing is that in their historical homeland, in South America, capuchin is considered a food plant. Moreover, all its parts are consumed: fruits, flowers, leaves, and even rhizomes. Possessing a pleasant smell and taste reminiscent of mustard and horseradish, nasturtium becomes a welcome addition to salads, fish, meat, egg and vegetable dishes. The fruits are harvested unripe, and then pickled or added as a spicy seasoning when preserving tomatoes and cucumbers. However, you should not abuse such spices. Edible flowers have no particular taste and are mainly used to decorate various dishes. Nasturtium leaves are also eaten. They are used during the preparation of various salads and sandwiches.

Nasturtium in medicine
Sometimes capuchins in the photo can also be found on drugstore shelves. And although the medicinal properties of capuchin have not been sufficiently studied by traditional medicine, folk healers have been successfully using decoctions of this plant for many years to treat the urinary tract, hypertension and even baldness.

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