It is a common mistake to fear this tasty, nutrient packed plant. At one stage or another many of us will have been stung by a nettle but with a good pair of gloves and a scissors you can carefully pick fresh nettles during Springtime to enjoy a welcome boost of energy.
WHERE TO FIND NETTLES
Overgrown forests and hedgegrows are bursting with nettles in Springtime. Simply head out for a walk along any nearby riverside and you are bound to stumble-upon this sweet stinging green plant.
They grow better in sunny spots with moist soil, usually in bunches of between 5 – 10 stalks. Highly nutritious and available in most areas nettles are a great addition to spring and summer dishes.
Renowned for its ability to detox the body after the cold winter nights, this plant is a gentle tonic for Springtime. High levels of Vitamin A and C.
Helps with respiratory issues
Helps to prevent kidney stones
Improves skin conditions
Pick shoots young and when they are a brighter colour green. When they fully grow they start to show flowers.
Even the stems can be cooked so don’t be afraid to pick the whole plant, not just the leaves.
NETTLE RECIPE: HOMEMADE NETTLE SOUP
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 250 g of nettles
- 4 medium potatoes
- Chicken stock
- Double cream
- Sea salt and pepper
- Chop the onion in small pieces. Wash and chop the potatoes into large chunks.
- Heat butter is a large saucepan, add the onion and garlic to the pan.
- After two minutes add the potatoes.
- Wash the nettles thoroughly and blanch in a boiling pot of water. Drain the nettles and leave them in the pot.
- Add the potatoes, onion and garlic to the pot. Slowly stir in the chicken stock.
- Add a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for around 15 minutes.
- Finish off with a large spoonful of cream on top.
Enjoy and Happy Picking y’all!