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Ok, so this sounds weird but you know those stinging nettles that are a nightmare when you are out walking? yes those! you can drink them, well at least turn them into tea. NOT RAW – that would be a disaster and very painful. BUT if you boil them properly you can make a tasty healthy tea!
Now I am not really a fan of the taste but I’ve made it a few times and I think you might like to try it too – hence the recipe, which came from BBC Good Food 🙂
There are lots of health benefit to nettles and nettle tea including (but not limited to):
- It acts as a natural painkiller against muscle aches
- Better digestion
- Eating the COOKED leaves is a great source of iron
- Said to help women regulate their “time of the month” (yes I went there)
To Collect the leaves make sure you wear gloves! – they sting until they are cooked don’t forget!
1 cup of nettles – The older looking they are the sweeter the taste
4 cups of water
1-2 tsp of sugar or honey to sweeten (optional – I went for sugar though)
- Cut the leaves off the nettles leaving as little stem as possible
- Wash them through in a cup of water first
- Then add the nettles/water/sugar/honey into a large saucepan
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins.
- Taste Test! – it will probably need more sugar ( I added an extra 2 teaspoons here)
If you fancy mixing it up a little you can also add things like:
- Peppermint & Nettle
- Iced-nettle Tea – Let it cool down for 30 mins, put in the fridge for 2 hours and serve with ice
- Honey & Nettle
Pregnant women have been advised against drinking nettle tea – so don’t let yourself be THAT person alright? (If you’re pregnant then no Nettle tea for you!)