Nettle Nesto

nettle nesto

Incorporating nettles into your diet this time of year is a wonderful way to eat in season and eat local.

Nettles contain high levels of iron, minerals, silicon, vitamins C and A and they’re a great blood purifier by primarily targeting the liver and kidneys. The combination of these benefits makes it a wonderful food for chronic skin problems and general detoxification.

Nettles are growing everywhere right now! If you’re unfamiliar with the plant find a knowledgeable friend or use a good plant ID book. Remember nettles are pretty easy to find because they have a sting so be careful!

Remember to only pick the tender tops. To deactivate the sting just cook the nettles in boiling water for 2- 4 minutes. Once you’ve harvested them try this recipe for nettle pesto:

Nettle Nesto Recipe


4 handfuls of nettles

2 cloves garlic

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 juice of a lemon

1/3 cup olive oil salt & pepper


Cook the nettles for 2-4 minutes.

Strain the water (keep this water for nettle tea -- very nutritious and delicious).

Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor except the olive oil.

Once everything is combined, slowly add the olive oil until the desired consistency is achieved.

Serve however you use pesto -- with pasta, on bread, in other dips.

If you want to save some for later add some extra olive oil on the top and store in the fridge.    

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