Nutritious Nettles (A Recipe Collection)

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Often when people think of nettles they think of Spring, but for the PNW nettles are in season a for a very long time. I went for a walk the other day and saw a large patch growing in a public park. 

I've already shared with you my adventures harvesting and eating other wild edibles like elderberries, and dandelions, so I thought I'd share what I've been learning about how to enjoy nettles, too. Ever since one of the community cooks here on the eco-village introduced me to nettle pesto, I've been having fun learning about different ways to use it this delicious and highly nutritious wild green.

While you can cultivate nettles, it's always more fun (I think) to eat food that's been foraged. My favorite book on foraging is Doug Benoliel's Northwest Foraging: The Classic Guide to Edible Plants of the Pacific Northwest. If you want to learn more about how to easily recognize nettle and other edible (or poisonous!) wild plants, this is the best resource if you live around here. 

For those of you interested in learning more about nettles here are a few Educational Posts:

And now without further ado, here are the recipes!

Nutritious Nettles (A Recipe Collection)


Nettle Mint Iced Tea from Real Food Outlaws

Nourishing Herbal Tea from Recipes to Nourish
Nettle Cinnamon Herbal Tea Infusion from Recipes to Nourish

Nourishing Herbal Tea with Nettles from Recipes to Nourish

Fermented Nettle Tea from Delicious Obsessions

Healthy Herbal "Kool-Aid" from Divine Health from the Inside Out

Nettle Orange Drink from Fresh Bites Daily 

Wild Nettles Beer from And Here We Are

Cranberry Nettles Tea from Divine Health from the Inside Out

Rooibos and Nettles Allergy Tea from Nourishing Simplicity


Nettle Gelatin from It Takes Time
Nettle Gelatin from It Takes Time

Nettle Leaf Soup from Fresh Bites Daily

Nettle Seed Soup from Fresh Bites Daily

Super Breakfast Miso Soup with Nettles from Mama Rosemary

Slow Cooker Beef with Nettles and Astragalus from Mama Rosemary

Stinging Nettle and Sharp Cheddar Omelette from Nourished Kitchen

Creamy Stinging Nettle Dip with Roasted Garlic and Mint from And Here We Are

Spinach and Nettles Spanakopita from Stitch and Boots

Lasagna with Asparagus Peas and Stinging Nettles from The Bitten Word

Stinging Nettle Ravioli with Butter and Sage from La Tavola Marche

Nettle Pesto from Honest Food

Sauteed Stinging Nettle from Chow

Where to find Nettles?

As I've already said, you would ideally harvest your own nettles, but, if that's not an option, there are still ways to enjoy the benefits of this highly nutritious herb. A quick look online will let you see you can find it as a tincture, dried, or encapsulated. Or, if you're very lucky, you can find it fresh at a farmer's market! However you prefer, I hope you give this healthy green a try!

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  1. I have never tried nettles. Guess I'll add it to my to do list!

  2. This is awesome! I will have to write down this post for future reference :). I am interested in learning more about wild edibles and the benefits of plants that we have all around us.

    I have been taking stinging nettles as a supplement for awhile now because it contains large amounts of silica, which is great for bones, teeth, hair, and nails. David Wolfe, the superfood and nutrition guru, recommends nettles as part of his Longevity Now program. He says that we should be taking minerals like silica and magnesium for bone density health, and that the huge emphasis on calcium supplementation is incorrect (it can cause calcification in the body, which leads to all sorts of problems). His info is well worth looking into for anyone not familiar with him. He has a couple of great websites and a podcast on iTunes.

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  3. Great information! I've just started using nettles and am happy to have found your great information. Thank you for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday! Pinning & Tweeting.

  4. Hi Jacquelyn,
    I am so delighted that you shared this awesome, in depth introduction to nutritious nettles at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I live in an urban area so I have not done any foraging in my area yet, however, I have heard about a local wild foraging workshop led by an expert so I am looking forward to participating.


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