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Harvest some stinging nettle --delicious green

Thelma McGowan

Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 170
Location: western Washington, Snohomish county--zone 8b
I made a cream soup with Stinging nettles today. it turned out really well.
I recomend Nettles, They taste Like a cross between Asparagus, spinach and celery. when you blanche the nettles they leave an amazing color green water!

I wonder if anyone has made any really good dishes with Nettles...Please do share.

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Eric Thompson

Joined: Apr 23, 2011
Posts: 319
Location: Bothell, WA - USA
Nettles often go in soup here (and we make a big pot at least once a week..) I just used the first fresh nettles of the season yesterday - when they get bigger, I usually harvest a bunch to blanch and freeze in 1-cup containers. The frozen nettles get used for soup or a lazagna layer. If I'm eating them garlic sautee, fresh boiled is best - yumm!!
Jordan Lowery

Joined: Sep 26, 2009
Posts: 1528
Location: zone 7
two words......nettle pesto

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Matt Smith

Joined: Feb 04, 2012
Posts: 181
Location: Central Ohio, Zone 6A - High water table, heavy clay.
They make an excellent risotto as well, as well as a great tea.

Now is the time to harvest them, when they're knee-high or lower.

The leaves can be dried for future use as tea.

Mine is only 5-6" tall so far, but I have a lot of plants so hopefully I will have lots to eat/drink!
Peony Jay

Joined: Mar 24, 2012
Posts: 145
Location: B.C.
My family grew up with this soup. You can substitute the nettles for the spinach when the nettles are in season. (We have nettles here now! This is the perfect time of year to find young nettles and watercress starting.)


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