While on a foraging walk high up on the vineyard laden hills above Groot Constantia I came across an abundant field of nasturtiums, they had the
perfect view over the Constantia valley towards the sea that blesses these award-winning wines with cool sea breezes. I was sure that these nasturtiums would be of the same superior quality as the grapes. I felt inspired to make a pesto out of them, combined with walnuts, fresh lemon juice, flaxseed oil and a dash of garlic. The flowers had a delicate sweet scent that blended well with the other ingredients and resulted in a sweet peppery flavour. I left the texture thick and chunky, which contrasted well with the smoothness of the avocado pear that I served it with. It created a brilliant burst of colour on my plate and reminded me that Summer is finally here in the Cape.
Nasturtiums are rich in Vitamin C, they are a natural antibiotic for colds and flu.
They have diuretic properties and support the bladder and kidneys.
Also a great hair tonic to stimulate new hair growth.