Nasturtium Sandwiches ~1913

Nasturtium Sandwich Recipe 1913.

Nasturtiums are abundant in my area. Usually when I’m out on a walk, I’ll pick a few leaves and bring them in for the rabbit. Their seed pods can be used as a caper substitute, but I find the flavor a little too strong. The leaves are also edible – something I’ve known for ages, but not really explored. They have a strong flavor, similar to a spicy salad mix. Then…

Surprise! Surprise! 

A 1913 newspaper column titled “Favorite Recipes from California Housewives” had a nasturtium sandwich recipe. Had to try this one out!

Nasturtium Sandwich RecipeStep 1. Find nasturtium plant (right off to the side of the house – easy)


Step 2. Pick and wash leaves (these are huge!)


Step 3. Butter bread, spread mayonnaise on leaves, fold in half and – wallah! Sandwich time!


Step 4. Fight off rabbit for your lunch…

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Nom! Nom!

Thoughts? Tasty.

Would definitely do this one up with cold ham slices or chicken breast. You could easily over-lay several of the leaves to make a pseudo wrap, too. Daughter ate this and didn’t complain, but did say that if she died it would be my fault.

Neither the rabbit nor daughter were harmed in this experiment.

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  1. I’m glad everyone survived. Since I moved to Britain, I’ve been (gingerly) sampling some of the wildflowers that people used to eat and that a few still do–scurvywort, nettle, Cornish three-cornered leek. I keep meaning to try alexanders–the forerunner of celery–but somehow never get around to it. It just came into season and I notice I still haven’t picked any.

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    1. Good on you! Nettles just showed up at our farmer’s market and I should get some – I went to a cooking competition the other day for 2 local chefs and one of the ingredients they had to use was nettles. First time I’ve ever eaten them – they had a richer flavor than I expected!


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