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Francisca

Recipes with Nettles

Hi, I have recently been experimenting with nettles. I made a terrific Irish Nettle Soup and a Nettle Champ but I wonder if any of you maybe uses nettels in the kichen on a regular basis and therefore has some nice recipes? They are everywhere, they are tasty, healthy and free so why not do more with them? I am even going to find a nice place for them in my garden. That said they are not too easy to handle......

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sam from worthing

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rather you than me.....the only nettles i know of are on my dog walks - which i would be loathed to go near anyway, let alone eat because of the things dogs do cock legged...... or foxes.... and even cats.... yuck.

but if you are confident in your nettle picking, other than doing a barbara good and using nettles to dye wool to make a mans knitted suit......

the bbc food website, have a few good lideas for using nettles, in rissottos and as stuffing extra ingredients.

and of course there is hugh fernley whatshecalled.....he will have loads of recipes.

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Francisca

Nettles

Thanks Sam, you gave me some very good ideas and no, no rubbish in my nettles! This are from our garden, very fresh and delicious! Anyway, I wash them well, as I do with anything else we eat! After all even everything that comes from our vegetable patch can be soiled, true?

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Anastasia

Nettles

As a child we always ate nettles.Most Irish people would lick nettles every day when I was growing up.
The young nettles are very sweet , rather like spinach , steamed for a few mins they are delicious.

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Francisca

Nettles

Hi Anastasia, how interesting that people used to lick nettles.... Isn't that dangerous? In Portugal, where I come from, nettles are just weeds! My gymnastics teacher told me today that she makes nettle salad (of all things....). She shreds them finely and then seasons them with lemon juice. My husband was willing to try but I won't let him. Just suppose his mouth gets all swollen.... it is dangerous! But we loved the soup and the champ. Somehow nettles have a lot of taste. I used all leaves, not only the very young ones because they are quite recent plants. Fascinating stuff....... I have also been experimenting with dandelion: liqueur, jelly, tea.....

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Anastasia

SORRY

that should read Pick , not lick
Must read before I press submit !!!!!!

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sam from worthing

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am so glad ana, corrected herself - co i wondered about LICKING nettles too, that is now very funny!!! lol. If you have seen the film, doubt....one one the washer girls washes one of the priests under garments in nettles, and he had quite a severe reaction - as did the poor girl sadly.

and with regards to dandelions - am i being thick - but there is a drink dandelion and burdock..... i am assuming it is made somehow using dandelions? maybe stewed - like tea?

after all its free food! my fav type, i love going blackerrying - and where we go blackberrying there are some apple trees too, and they are bramleys, its along an old Mr Beeching - dis used railway line.

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jampling

Recipes with nettles

I occasionally make a salad with dandelion leaves, Sam. It's best to use young leaves, or they can get bitter.

They are supposed to be very nutritious and especially good for the liver.

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Francisca

Dandelion

I love dandelion but I usually buy it in the shop because although we do have a lot in our garden I always see it when it is already quite dark green and with flowers so I suppose it doesn't qualify as young anymore. I have no idea what the young dandelion looks like. The ones in the shop look quite different, they have very long stalks but I have to say that they are a bit bitter, which I don't mind. The ones in the garden don't look the same, the stalks are shorter and the leaves darker green. I eat them as I would eat spinach, cooked in a bit of butter and garlic. A while ago I made dandelion and citrus jelly and also dandelion liqueur. Someone has promised to send me an alchoolic free dandelion and orange drink.

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Francisca

Nettles rich in iron

Someone told me that the nettle tops contain the most iron, does anyone know whether that is true?With other vegetables like carrots the older ones have more nutrients, wouldn't it be the same for nettles? Nettle quiche seems to be very tasty. Maybe an idea for Delia? A section with ingredients one can get from nature for free!

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Anastasia

Dandelion

I always believed that dandelions are a diuretic .
As children my siblings & I always called dandelions "P**s the bed".
My Grandmother would put some leaves in a bowl , pour boiling water over them allowing them to steep until the water got cold , then she strained the liquid & drank it.this was her remedy for swollen ankles !!
An old remedy that worked .

Nettles are supposedly full of iron , rather like spinach I believe.

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Francisca

Dandelion

Hi Anastasia, can I use the more grown leaves for this tea?

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Anastasia

Dandelion

Well my Gran just picked all the leaves

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Welshcookie

Dandelions

My Italian neighbours used to grow dandelions especially in the vegetable garden, but they used to blanch them under pots before they were fit to eat.
When I was a child I used to enjoy dandelion sandwiches.

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Francisca

Nettles and Dandelions

Thanks for all the suggestions! I will try to grow the dandelions for the kitchen in the vegetable garden and cover them. I have also just heard from a friend that since she covers her ruhbarb it grows a lot more and it becomes very pink. I am going to try that as well! One is always learning....... Since we got our own place in France I have been doing a lot of stuff myself from cooking, including bread, chutneys, jam and alike, ice cream and sorbets, making my own liqueurs and special wines, cheese, natural beauty concoctions, you name it! And of course we have all our fruit and vegetables to look after! Busy retirement.... One day we will be opening our guest cottage to holiday makers and maybe I will be demonstrating all we do here!

 
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