Inner Sanctum


Munich, Germany

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Super macro of the inside of a Tropaeolum majus, commonly known as nasturtium.

“The nasturtiums received their common name because they produce an oil similar to that of watercress (Nasturtium officinale). …
All parts of Tropaeolum majus are edible. The flower has most often been consumed, making for an especially ornamental salad ingredient; it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress, and is also used in stir fry. The flowers contain about 130 mg vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 oz), about the same amount as is contained in parsley. Moreover, they contain up to 45 mg of lutein per 100 g, which is the highest amount found in any edible plant. …
T. majus has been used in herbal medicine for respiratory and urinary tract infections.”

I’ve discovered a new passion – not only photographing but also growing plants and flowers – and maybe eating them too:-) After years of permanent business travel I now spend enough time at home to grow plants that survive from week to week.

In spring I planted a lot of seeds for edible flowers which developed to seedlings and now flowers on my balcony and am now enjoying the rewards. Although strangely enough of the six nasturtium plants only one has produced any flowers so far. And I’ve not had the heart to eat them.

Location: Balcony, Munich, Germany
Nikon D7200, Sigma 50 mm macro lens. 50mm, f/4, ISO 400, 1/500s.

Source of seeds: stadtlandblüht bought in DM who also sponsors bio seed charities.

Feature – thank you to the host!

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