Stinging Nettle Pesto

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)


  1. 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!)
  2. 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.)
  3. Add nettles to blender or food processor.
  4. Add garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, sea salt, lemon juice and cheese if you're using it.
  5. 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!)

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