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Pickled Nasturtium Seeds (Nasturtium Capers)

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Pickled Nasturtium Seeds or Nasturtium capers are tangy, peppery little bites that are pickled in vinegar along with spices of your choice.

Pickled Nasturtium Seeds or capers seen in a white ceramic spoon. There is a small jar filled with pickled seeds and some nasturtium flowers and seeds scattered. Another picture just to show how sunlight changes the photos.
Pickled Nasturtium Seeds.

These Nasturtium capers are considered poor man’s capers. Capers are expensive to buy and maybe that’s why. I did try capers once. They are generally added to salads or your cooked dishes as a dressing.  

A little About Nasturtium

Nasturtium is one of the most common herbs grown. Many grow it for flowers or plant it near other plants as they are more prone to aphid attacks and help save the other plants. Though I would not love any aphid attack on my Nasturtium. 

Edible Nasturtium

Nasturtium is completely edible. Yes from stems, leaves, flowers, and seeds. I love to make a puree or paste from the stems and leave and freeze it. When required I simply make this Nasturtium dip or raita. It is tangy but I love the taste and something different from our usual raita.  It has that peppery and mustard taste.

Nasturtium is considered to be a rich source of Vitamin C and a few of the vitamins B. (Onc can check the internet, I am not an expert in this). But I love to eat it. I have even made Nasturtium infused vinegar and hopefully, I will share the recipe soon. 

Nasturtium Seeds seen scattered on a white board.
Nasturtium Seeds

Few more recipes with Nasturtium

Eggless Nasturtium Greens Sandwich Bread (Tangzhong Method)
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Nasturtium Blossoms Avocado Guacamole
Nasturtium Blossoms Avocado Guacamole is a quick and easy peppery guacamole made using Avocado and edible Nasturtium flowers.
Check out this recipe
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Instant Pot Nasturtium Grapefruit Marmalade
Instant Pot Nasturtium Grapefruit Marmalade is an easy, deliciously sweet and tangy marmalade using fresh nasturtium flowers and grapefruit
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Nasturtium and Grapefruit Marmalade in a glass jar, seen along side is a cut Grapefruit and some Nasturtium flowers and leaves
Nasturtium Seeds seen scattered on a white board, with some lined in the front to show different sizes.
Nasturtium Seeds

Ingredients used in Pickled Nasturtium seeds

So coming to today’s recipe, the basic recipe of Pickled Nasturtium seeds is simple. The basic ingredients used are Nasturtium seeds, vinegar, and salt

The next goes into the flavorings or add-ins. I have flavored it with black peppercorns, ginger, and green chili. Green chili is completely optional and I just added it for that extra kick and also to pickle those chilies and ginger. 

When I made it first I used the basic recipe, later on, I started to experiment and added the ginger and chili. 

Close up view of Pickled Nasturtium Seeds showing the texture of the seeds. Seen along is a jar filled with pickled seeds, some Nasturtium flowers and seeds scattered.

How to consume Pickled Nasturtium capers

They can be added to your sandwiches or topped on to your salads, meats, etc. I like to enjoy it as a pickle along with the main course. A little bit of this leaves you with bursting flavors that are tangy and peppery. One can use brine instead of lemon juice in your dishes. 

Shelf life of Pickled Nasturtium Seeds

I have kept it refrigerated for the past 1 year and it is still good. I believe it can stay good outside as well as it has vinegar in it.  

Top view of Pickled Nasturtium capers seen in a white ceramic spoon. There is a small jar filled with pickled seeds and some nasturtium flowers and seeds scattered.

Yes, I made this last year and will make it this year. But yes at times posting a recipe takes ages. But when Preeti from Cakes & Curries asked us to make any relish, jams, or preserves, I thought of finally posting this recipe, or else it would be forever.
So when Priya from The World Through my Eyes my partner for this theme gave me the secret ingredients ginger and salt I decided to finally add my Pickled Nasturtium seeds recipe to the blog. She made it delicious Thai Sweet chili sauce using tamarind and garlic as her secret ingredients. 

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Pickled Nasturtium Seeds or capers seen in a white ceramic spoon. There is a small jar filled with pickled seeds and some nasturtium flowers and seeds scattered.
Pickled Nasturtium Seeds or capers seen in a white ceramic spoon. There is a small jar filled with pickled seeds and some nasturtium flowers and seeds scattered.

Pickled Nasturtium Seeds or Nasturtium Capers

Pickled Nasturtium Seeds or Nasturtium Capers are tangy, peppery little bites that are pickled in vinegar along with spices of your choice.
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Course: Condiments
Keyword: Condiments, Garden Harvest Recipes, Herbs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 8 hours
Servings: 1 Cup
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Nasturtium Seeds
  • 1 Cup white Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 5-8 black peppercorns slightly crushed – Optional
  • 2-3 green chili chopped – Optional
  • 1/2 -1 inch ginger chopped into tiny cubes – Optional

Instructions

  • Clean and rinse the nasturtium seeds.
    1 Cup Nasturtium Seeds
    Nasturtium Seeds seen scattered on a white board.
  • For rinsing it well and to get rid of any impurities and dirt, simply soak them in salty water for at least half an hour. This will help to remove any hidden bugs.
  • Drain and rinse it thoroughly in clean tap water.
  • Tap it dry using a clean muslin cloth.
  • Add the Nasturtium seeds in the mason jar.
    Nasturtium seeds in a mason jar ready to pickle.
  • Add Vinegar, salt in a heavy bottom pot.
    1 Cup Nasturtium Seeds, 1 Cup white Vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
    Vinegar, along with salt and pepper in a pot.
  • If using the optional ingredients add them too.
    2-3 green chili chopped, 1/2 -1 inch ginger chopped into tiny cubes, 5-8 black peppercorns slightly crushed
  • Let the mixture come to a boil.
  • Once boiled, switch off and pour the vinegar solution over the Nasturtium seeds.
    Vinegar pickled mixture poured over Nasturtium seeds.
  • Let it cool completely before closing the lid.
  • Let this mixture sit for 2-3 days before consuming.
  • The longer it sits in the vinegar-infused solution the better and tangier it taste.

Notes

  • Standard US Size cups and spoons are used. 1 cup = 237 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
 
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Sasmita Sahoo

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

Nasturtium seeds seem quite interesting! And making pickles out of it must be so yummy !

Sujata Roy

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Very unique recipe Renu and so innovative. Bookmarking this wonderful recipe to try. Never thought about pickled nasturtium seeds.

kalyani

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

I have never tasted NAsturtium but would like to at the soonest. this simple relish with the seeds looks like something my husband and lil one might relish !

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

Monday 17th of October 2022

Just seeing the pictures of the seeds bought in a little whiff of nostalgia. Don't these pop in the mouth and release a very sour liquid? Love the idea of having it pickled... Would be a treat to anyone who loves pickled and sour food...

Radha

Monday 17th of October 2022

OMG! I can’t find words. Kudos to you! I haven’t heard about pickles nasturtium seeds. I have a small plant that is growing. Soon I will give this a try. This sounds super amazing and thanks for sharing this simple and amazing recipe.