It's almost spring time! And that means fresh nettles! The young plants are perfect for harvesting. They like to hide among other plants. It can be an adventure finding them.
Always make sure to give thanks to the plants for providing us with food and nourishment :)
Our favourite way to eat nettles is Sandy Ollsin's famous recipe for...
350* - in 9 x 13" pan
4 TB. Butter
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 TB. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 lb. Edam cheese
12 oz. fresh nettles, washed & scissor-clipped
Melt butter in pan, in the oven. In large bowl, beat eggs, then add flour, milk, bp, salt, mustard & chives. Fold in grated cheese and nettles (cut into the mix with scissors, while holding nettles with tongs, in other hand). Pour into pan on top of butter. Bake 35 minutes, or until set.
Cool. Cut into fairly small squares and serve. Mmmm….
Optional Variations: For extra zing, add in a bit of blue cheese or gorgonzola, or add thinly sliced mushrooms to mixture, or try substituting Edam with other cheeses (mozza, cheddar, or gouda, etc.)
You can also add nettles to soup, here is an easy, cleaning soup recipe by Don Ollsin:
4 cups water
one bouillon cube
one cup fresh nettles
1/2 cup brown rice (rinsed)
a few fresh tomatoes cut up
Bring water, bouillon and nettles to a boil. Add rice and tomatoes. Turn down and simmer for 50 minutes.
Health Benefits of Nettles:
Excerpt from Pathways to Healing by Don Ollsin
Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica
Found in the temperate regions of Europe, Britain, Asia, Japan, S. Africa, Australia, Andes and N. America. Indians used to make cord and fish nets. Used in Britain to make very fine linen. Discontinued because the nettles were too difficult to cultivate.
Improves nutrition - high in chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphate,Vitamin D, silica, sodium, potassium & sulphur.
Good for people who suffer from migraines associated with bilious vomiting
Excellent to relieve the symptoms of hay fever & other allergies.
Purifies the blood and cleans the lymph.
Reduces uric acid helping with rheumatism & gout.
Promotes milk in nursing mothers, Galactagogue.
Improves digestion - contains secretin, a substance that acts as a stimulus to pancreatic secretion that stimulates the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver gallbladder.