Nettles are an amazing food that deserve a place in every conscious kitchen. If we respect mother nature, she unveils a carpet of super foods without the need for us to rush off and fill our shopping baskets, or spend a small fortune on supplements in supermarkets or health food stores. Nettles are jam packed with high vibrational goodness and have been well documented throughout the aeons for a myriad of health benefits. They are said to help urinary tract infections, act as a diuretic, help break down kidney stones, destroy internal parasites, to relieve gas/colitis/coeliac disease, alleviate asthma, hay fever, hives, dermatitis, arthritis and even help prevent hair loss. There seems to be an endless list of benefits, making this a must-have addition to our diet. As if all that isn’t enough, nettles are also high in chlorophyll, iron, potassium, silica, sulphur and vitamins C, A & B, offering a rich infusion of nutrients. The fact that they provide a dose of serotonin and acetylcholine (neurotransmitters that help us find a sense of calm and fulfillment) really does it for me. When I eat them, my body just says ‘yes!’.
The best time to pick nettles is before they start developing seeds. The seed produces an irritant that can be bothersome. Spring is normally the best time to gather nettles, although if you cut them right back after the first seeding, you will get new growth later in the season too. The youngest, freshest leaves, without the stalks, are optimal. I recommend gathering stinging nettles with rubber gloves. Drying or soaking in water, sauce or oil will remove the sting, which makes them edible both raw and cooked.
So, nettle soup! You can toss nettles in to lots of different dishes, although if you want a super infusion of this nutritious gem then you’ll enjoy my thick, green, Minted Nettle & Pea Soup. It is absolutely delicious and filling.
More super healthy nettle recipes in my book!
- ‘Hempy Nettled Potatoes’,
- ‘Nettle & Mushroom Stir-fry’
- ‘Trin’s Soul Food Special’
(nettles in a sweet potato, coconut & shiitake mushroom soup)
- ‘Sun-dried Tomato & Nettle Pate’
Brimming with goodness!
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