Nettle Paste

Nettle Paste Recipe

Because Spring has come we must enjoy the fruits of the Earth. I don’t know if you have used nettles in the kitchen before, but for me, this plant is clearly a harbinger of spring. It also has many health benefits, but I will discuss some of them tomorrow, in the 5 Benefits Of… column.

500 grams fresh nettle (Urtica dioica)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 chopped onion
salt and pepper

How it’s Made?
Step 1: Rinse carefully the nettles in cold water. Use gloves and avoid direct contact with the leaves. The stinging hairs of most nettle species contain formic acid, serotonin and histamine, which in contact with the skin give an unpleasant sensation of irritation.
Step 2: Scald the leaves and throw the water.
Step 3: Put nettles in a new water. Add the onion and simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Make sure you open the windows largely, because a strange odor will spread in the kitchen.
Step 4: Add garlic, vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
Step 5: Blender the ingredients until you obtain a smooth paste.
Step 6: Serve on toasted bread.

Healthy Nettle Paste

10 thoughts on “Nettle Paste

  1. Thanks for sharing this. Oddly I just had Indian style saag (spinach) on toast yesterday because I ran out of rice. It was actually really good. Never tried Nettle before.

  2. I use the pigment of the nettle or the chlorophyll to add to water.

    Nettle is rich in chlorophyll and is a good source of beta carotene, tannins, iron, calcium, potassium and many other minerals. It is also rich in vitamin A, C and E, so it adds a lot to the nutritional value of our diet.

    It also helps carry oxygen to the deepest parts of your body. A good herb for older people who maybe shallow breathers.

    Interesting though Adrian how you used it for a sandwich, excellent idea. Nice post as well.

    Chef Randall

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