Many people see stinging nettles as an invasive weed, but they are actually a delicious food and very popular food source in Europe.
Nettles have been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years. They help detoxify the body, they are anti-inflammatory, they can help with circulation, allergies, hormonal regulation, and prostate issues. Nettle supplements are available from most health food shops.
3 cups fresh nettle leaves
4 garlic cloves
¾ cup pine nuts
¼ cup olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
1 tbs lemon juice
¾ cup parmesan cheese, shredded (optional)
- Put a pot of water on and when its boiling dump the fresh nettles in for just one minute. (Make sure you're wearing gloves before you've boiled them!)
- Strain well and get as much water out as possible. (Cut away and discard any large stems from the nettles; these will be too tough to make for good pesto.)
- Add nettles to blender or food processor.
- Add garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice and cheese if you're using it.
- Pulse until smooth and creamy and salt to taste. Enjoy!
(Feel free to add extra greens to this pesto recipe. Spinach & parsley make a great addition!)