Lots of flowers are edible, but nasturtiums are the easiest to grow and the tastiest, in my opinion. Many edible flower petals (like roses – yup, you can eat most rose petals) are bland and tasteless. Not the nasturtium. This garden jewel is spicy, like a super thinly sliced radish. Both the flowers and the leaves are edible. Some varieties seem to attract aphids underneath the leaves, so wash carefully before adorning your meal.
To plant seeds, first soak them overnight between 2 paper towels. The seeds are tough little kernels that look like chick peas, and soaking them gives them a head start toward germination. Plant according to the directions on the packet (I think it’s an inch below the soil) and keep watered.
They grow fast and make pretty vines with a variety of colors. Most common are yellow and orange, but they also come in a cream color as well as a deep purple. In my experience, the yellow and orange are easiest to grow, but the more exotic colors would be worth the extra care.
Nasturtiums are annuals, but once they are established in your garden, they re-seed themselves, so you never have to plant again. They’ll come up in the spring and liven up the view. SO worth the initial effort.