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Cooking with Flowers: Nasturtium Risotto

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

Cooking with flowers: Nasturtium Risotto

Years ago it was common practice to include various leaves and flowers in our diets. Cooking with flowers has almost become a thing of the past which is a real shame considering all the flavours and nutrients these plants provide. Some might think that cooking with plants and blooms is difficult but this Nasturtium risotto recipe will come as a pleasant surprise!

Nasturtium risotto ingredients:

  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1.2 leak (halved lengthwise and sliced thinly. Use the light-green and white parts only)
  • 1 tsp garlic (finely chopped)
  • Course salt
  • 3 cups nasturtium bouillon (heated)
  • ¾ cups grated parmesan cheese
  • nasturtium pesto (garnish)
  • Fresh sprigs of chervil (garnish)
  • Nasturtium flower, petals or flower buds (garnish)


  • Begin making your nasturtium risotto in a large saucepan. Heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the leaks and cook until soft and translucent (about 2 minutes)
  • Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add rice and cook (stirring occasionally) until the grains are opaque and they start to sizzle. You will notice that they will start to stick together.
  • Add wine and cook. Stir while cooking until the liquid is absorbed (about 30 seconds)
  • Season with salt.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add bouillon. You need to make sure that the rice is covered with bouillon.
  • Cook and stir constantly until almost all of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add ½ cup of bouillon and continue cooking while stirring.
  • Once the liquid is absorbed, continue cooking and adding ½ a cup of bouillon at a time until the rice is al dente (about 20 minutes).
  • Stir in the butter and remove from heat.
  • Add the parmesan and fold it in.
  • Season with salt.
  • Garnish as desired.

There you have it! A simple nasturtium risotto recipe that you can make in just a few minutes. Enjoy it all on its own or as a side dish. There are so many great ways of cooking with flowers. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and imagination.

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