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. They are 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 are 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 and to deactivate the sting just cook the nettles in boiling water for 2- 4 minutes. Once you have 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.