Stinging Nettle

I was pretty excited to discover some stinging nettles growing under one of my hazelnut bushes recently.

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Nothing beats the taste of stinging nettles, and they’re very easy to prepare. Just pinch off the tips (wear garden gloves, of course) and throw them in a pot of water.

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They lose their sting pretty quickly once they start cooking. Boil for five to ten minutes until tender. Serve with butter and salt.

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Don’t forget to drink the broth. That’s the best part.

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Yum! Plus they’re packed with vitamins and minerals. I’ve heard people sing the praises of cream of nettle soup and I know there are plenty of other recipes featuring nettles. I keep thinking one day I’ll try some of them. But I love eating nettles prepared in this simple way so much, I never seem to have any left over for experimenting with other recipes.

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