Monday, July 30, 2012

Nettle Tea

Stinging Nettle has reached a new status in our home. It recently went from terrible weed which can cause lots of pain to tasty snack. Stinging nettle grows wild along the sides of trails, in gardens, and just about everywhere in our area of Germany. Brushing up against it causes small painful blisters. They sting! The stinging hurts badly for about 15 minutes and then becomes an annoying pain for the remainder of the day.

My son recently learned how to pick the leaves without getting stung.

The next step is to fold the leaf in half and press hard. According to him this removes the stingers.


He boiled them in water to make tea.

Then he ate the leaves both cooked and raw. I was lucky enough (forced) to try them too. We both thought they tasted like spinach. On the internet there are tons of nettle recipes. I'm sure we will be making nettle soup next.

Warning: if you try this be sure to double check all this information. I believe that after the plant flowers the lower leaves develop a chemical that is harmful to the kidneys and therefore only the top leaves of the plant should be consumed.

- Thanks Susan for getting this experiment underway.
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4 comments:

  1. Stinging nettles are horrible, we have them in England too:) We went to a class and made nettle pasta. It was good but not good enough for me to go out and harvest a bunch to make again. What is your son's trick for touching them without getting stung?

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    1. He said he picks them from the bottom of the leaf, but it doesn't always work very well. My mom said she would wear rubber gardening gloves. I think that would work better.

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  2. I had no idea you could use nettles for tea! I'm not sure if we have them in Australia, will have to do some research :-) Thanks for sharing at Happy lil ❤'s are baking!

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  3. Making tea from foraged herbs is very popular trend these days, very interesting and resourceful. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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