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.