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Stinging Nettle Soup, & Nettle Tea Recipes
Stinging Nettle Recipes.
The stinging nettle I am sure most of us have had the bad effects of nettles, Been stung and had that prickly stinging feeling you get from coming it to contact with the fine sharp needle like little hairs on the stinging nettle leaves and stem, I know i have tried many things to cure nettle stings like rubbing with a dock leaf which dose help, well i say it dose, and also rubbing with baking soda, i`ve even heard toothpaste is a good nettle sting treatment.
But nettles do have a great taste and flavour also often called a super food because they are so high vitamins, minerals,and amino acids.and nettles are really high in protein too, There mineral content compared to spinach, water cress and kale are in a different league. For example they are about 10 times higher in Iron and about 30 times higher in Calcium than the other super foods, There are medicinal uses for us too, It is said that two cups of nettle tea a day will relieve the symptoms of hay fever, And stinging nettle are used for medication to help urinal problems too.
So lets not turn our noises up at the little green devils and make something healthy.
Stinging Nettle Soup
- 2 gloved handfulls stinging nettles
- 1 large onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 potatoes
- 1 chicken stock cube
- 1/4 pint double cream
- Put on a good pair of gloves and go out and pick your stinging nettles, young nettles are what you need,
- Peel and chop the onion, potatoes and garlic, and sweat the off in a little rapeseed oil in a hot sauce pan for 3 to 4 minutes,
- Make up your stock using your stock cube and about 1 1/2 pints of boiling water and add to your sauce pan and boil fairly rapidly for about 15 mins
- Trim the leaves off of your nettles using gloves and scissors,wash well and leave in a sieve to drain,
- Now add the nettles and continue to boil until the potatoes are cooked about 5 minutes, You have to make sure the nettles boil for 3 minutes,
- Liquidise in the pan with a stick blender and return to the heat and season by add salt and pepper to your taste,
- Pour in to your serving bowl with a swirl of cream and maybe some croutons and enjoy,
Stinging Nettle Tea
Once again put on a good pair of gloves and go and pick your young nettles a few good handfuls.
Trim off the leaves and wash well to remove dirt and any creepy crawlies,
Add to a deep sauce pan and add water about 4/5 cups.
Now gently boil for 10 to 15 minutes the longer you boil the stronger your tea will become and the stronger the tea is the darker the colour.
Now you can strain or ladled the nettle tea in to your cups, add sugar or a drizzle of honey to sweeten your tea to your taste, And add one of the boiled leaves for decoration if you like.
You can also add a slice of lemon to your tea which will also change the colour from dark greenish too a light pinkish colour, This is caused by the change in the PH, But a little more sugar or honey may need to be added.
On a hot day try chilling your tea in the fridge for 2 hours and enjoy a nice cup of iced stinging nettle tea.