Five Things To Do With Stinging Nettle


Harvest with care: Larva of Red Admiral and other butterflies depend on stinging nettle for food. (Image by Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust)

1) Hummus

In a blender, combine: 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1/2 cup of chopped nettle greens, 1/4 cup tahini, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and 2 cloves of garlic.

2) Quiche

ImageSautee 4 cups chopped nettle greens with 1/2 chopped onion in olive oil or butter until wilted, then place on bottom of pre-made pie crust. Next, top greens with salt and pepper and add cheese or cheese substitute such as nutritional yeast. Then blend 1 cup almond milk with 3 eggs or egg substitute (such as tofu) and pour on top of the greens and cheese. Bake for 40 mins at 375.

3) Pesto.

Recipe here. Serve in an omelette, as pasta sauce, etc.

4) Green Smoothie.

Blend: 1 banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 1 cup of almond milk, 1/2 to 1 cup nettle, finely chopped

5) Soup stock. 

Make tea, then pour the green liquid into an ice cube tray to store and use in recipes as a soup stock substitute as needed.

*Sustainable Harvesting Secrets*

If you come across a stand where the plants all seem to have their tops missing because someone else recently came by to pick them, or if the plants look kind of pale and faded rather than dark and vibrant, or if the leaves have lots of holes in them because they’re all being munched through by insects, sustainable harvesting ethos says keep on looking.

* Health Benefits of Nettle *

Stinging nettle is high in essential fatty acids; protein — more protein than any other plant, according to Steve Brill’s book; vitamin C and B-complex vitamins; and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine and silica.

It’s also good for preventing gout, drying out your skin from the inside out (speaking from personal experience here), and stopping excessive menstruation.

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  5. Our property is OVERRUN with nettles if we dont take care of it. I cleared 4 large trashbags full yesterday, didn’t know there are actually uses for this plant.

    • Hi Jerry – stinging nettle is also v gd as a fertiliser for the garden….I put some into bucket of water for a while, and use off the water (dilute w water til color of weak tea).

  6. I love this! Just started learning about nettle and its benefits. I found an amazing amount of it in some woods near my house that no one else seems to know about. I collected a bit for soup, drying, and an herbal vinegar. After reading about it, I’m hoping that it helps me with treatment of kidney stones and overall kidney function. I probably didn’t even take 1/100th of what was there so I know I’ll be back for more at some point!

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