The Magic of Stinging Nettle Tea



I was at a friend's farm today collecting milk when I spotted AN ENORMOUS CLUMP OF NETTLES! 

Oh yes. After all these years of avoiding nettles, I now travel with rubber gloves. Bonkers, maybe, but have you tried nettle tea? 

I'm not going to pretend I'm some botanical expert who can tell you all the good things nettles bring your body. I googled it. I was sold. Apart from all those good things, it tastes great! I'm a big fan.

I've tried a number of ways of de-stinging nettles this past week. Always always use gloves to harvest them unless you're fond of that stinging feeling and each to their own of course. I don't use scissors, but you could. 

I've poured boiling water over them and let them steep. I've frozen them. I've dried them in a low oven and I've soaked them in cold water. The last experiement, the cold water version, I plunged my hands in after just five minutes and they were still a tad stingy. Twenty minutes later though, not at all. Boiling water fries off the tiny stinging hairs immediately. As does drying. 

They've been going into everything, but one of the tastiest was some homemade pasta for a family lunch on the weekend. I had an extremely excellent sous chef, my niece Georgia.






For pasta I use Jamie Oliver's principle of 100g flour per person plus and egg. Mix up and knead a bit then roll out (with a borrowed pasta maker, mine is in storage!) It's quick and simple and a five year old can make it. 

For the ravioli filling we just mixed ricotta, coriander, nettles, sweet chilli sauce and salt. 





My sister Naomi and I have been drinking nettle tea by the glassful. It's fabulous stuff. (And that raw grated beetroot, segmented orange and walnut salad was good too.)

If you have a minute, go have a look at what nettle claims to be a cure for. Arthritis. Rheumatism. Hair loss. Anemia. Thyroid issues. Bladder infections. Skin complaints.





Nettle tea. Even if it does nothing it tastes lovely, and if you put a slice of lemon in it it changes colour, something to do with the pH levels. 





11 Comments on “The Magic of Stinging Nettle Tea

Ngo Family Farm
August 7, 2012 at 4:16 am

Heehee, definitely no fatigue in that last photo. Too cute!

August 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

Yep. I’m with you!
Actually, you’ve reminded me that there’s some nettles in the school veggie patch. I think SOMEONE needs to get them out before a student gets hurt….

August 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Gorgeous from start to finish. This kind of eating makes my heart sing.

Nancy in Canada
August 8, 2012 at 12:53 am


Merwether Life
August 10, 2012 at 2:13 am

Nettle Tea is something we read about in storybooks – great to see it is actually drunk!

August 10, 2012 at 3:49 am

Nice to see you making use of the stinging nettles. Everything looks so tasty!!

August 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Can I ask what does it taste like? It looks great and the ravioli awesome but was wondering whatflavour it brings. Ta.

August 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

With all this nettle consumption talk, Im wondering what the plant looks like? We have all sorts of prickly weeds around our property.
Mmmmmmm …. must research….

August 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

Good soup dad used to make with the sting nettles!!!

August 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Amazing!!! And I ate my very first bowl of nettle soup just today.
It was delicious too. xx

April 22, 2013 at 4:20 am

I just had my first spring Stinging Nettle experience! they are so savoury and slightly bitter in soup, or mild, tangy and floral in tea. You’re post was an inspiration! I’m linking it. Big love.


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