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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:
- Foraging for Nettles from And Here We Are
- Nettles as Natural Allergy Relief from Fresh Bites Daily
- What to Do with Sting Nettles from And Here We Are
- All about Stinging Nettle from Common Sense Homesteading
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|
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 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?
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