Saturday, July 09, 2011

Stinging Nettle tea

Organic Stinging Nettle

Gathered from right here around our pond, Stinging Nettle is one of the most nutrient dense plants available.
High in iron, vitamin C, fiber, and a host of other goodies, make it one of the best things you can put into your body.
You may add it to a stir fry of other mixed greens and add it to a frittata.
You may roll the leaves up, stingers on the inside, and just pop it in your mouth.
Or you may dry it for herbal tea.

Stinging Nettle infusion

I dried all of mine in my dehydrator, with a total of about 3 quarts worth.

To make a tea, take 1 cup of dried nettle to 4 cups of boiling water.
Let steep overnight to get every bit of goodness from the nettle.

Iced Stinging Nettle tea

After straining a glass and adding some ice, I sweetened with just a bit of Elderflower syrup.

It has a nice, grassy taste which paired perfectly with the flowery Elderflower syrup.

I am always experimenting in the kitchen, and the foraging class I am taking has given me a
new -found appreciation for what is likely right under my nose!

In Christ alone,
Cindy
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19 comments:

Cheryl said...

I have heard of making tea out of stinging nettle, but didn't know of anyone who had tried it. A foraging class sounds like so much fun. This must be so much out there that we can use if we only know how.

I still haven't been able to get fermentation of veggies to work for me. Planted more cabbage this year and will try again. Just can't figure out what I am doing wrong. Wished you lived in our area, could learn from you:o)

Have a great weekend! Stop by and check out my giveaway.

Lady Farmer said...

Now I need to ask ~ how did you pick your nettle? Leather gloves? I soooo dislike being stung by those nasty things! But I know they are so good for you!
Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Be Blessed!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

This sounds really interesting :) :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. Does it have a tingly sensation when you drink it? this looks really good. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :) :) :)

myletterstoemily said...

i can't imagine where i could find stinging
nettles or how to pick them, but if i could
i would!

Regan Family Farm said...

Hi Cindy! I just took a short cut and ordered some...lazy me! Thanks again for the inspiration...maybe some day. Hope you are hanging in there.
Love,
Kathy

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Cheryl...maybe i can help with the fermentation....my e-mail is: farmgirlcyn@gmail.com

Lady Farmer: Ha! I used my Rubbermaid gloves for dishwashing!

Heather: No sting after they have been dried and steeped for tea. Couldn't drink it even if it WAS good for you if I was gonna get stung!

My letters to emily: They are found around ponds, hedgerows, etc. My yard is organic as well as the CSA farm I belong to, so no worries there. I used my rubbermaid kitchen gloves to pick!

Kathy: I know what you mean! But if I can get them for free, that is what I have to do! What do you do with yours? Hangin' in there...thanks for asking!

Ruby Jean said...

Okay...Every time I read your posts...they always leave me wanting to go to FarmGirlCyn Camp...

This sounds so very interesting...I would LOVE to try it..I am not to sure that my husband would like it...As I Juice a lot of Dandelions and he says it reminds of drinking brush or grass... : )

Have a VERY blessed weekend
Angelina

Susan said...

WOW I bet its really good. I wish there were foraging classes in my area for me to take.That would be fun to learn. Hope your summer is going great. Im wanting to order me one of those fermenting jars and learn to ferment veggies. Right now Im gearing up for canning season, I just ordered me a new 22qt pressure canner. The garden is struggling the weather is so off, it just wont warm up and stop raining. Not that Im complaining, I could live in Texas.
NOT........we have been trying to do a large expansion on the garden to put in raspberries,strawberries,blackberriesand blueberries. But things just keep getting in the way, my husband has been sick with a bad cough for three weeks and when he could have worked on the area it rained grrrr......oh well, in time :o) blessing friend!

Camille said...

How amazing!! I had no idea that stinging nettle was so useful! (And good for you!) Wow! :)

Have a wonderful week!
Blessings,
Camille

Farmchick said...

Hmmm....looks interesting. I am not sure if we have that up north. I don't think I have seen anything like that. Thanks for sharing.......... Come on over to my farm and say hi!! :)

Leontien said...

Great Post!
My mom would use this all the time in Holland! she would tell us it would "clean our blood" and if you had any little warts they would dissapeare if you would drink this tea!

Thanks for sharing and hopping over to my blog!
Leontien

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Love this post although I've never had nettle tea. I do use other herbs and thank you for this post, Cindy. It does look interesting.

Holly said...

I'd love a foraging class. In our area though, the instructor is likely to die of boredom with the sparse variety. It it is a local saying that, " Even the jackrabbits bring their own lunch."
Still, it would be worth the time to learn.

d.a. said...

Love nettle tea!

herbal tea said...

Nettle tea has been used to stimulate blood circulation. Stinging nettle tea is an effective natural diuretic and diuretics. Nettle tea is good for arthristis and as a detoxifier for the blood system.

Amanda said...

just found your blog via homestead revival!
such a lovely place.

great post!
I just had my third child and had horrible varicose veins during my pregnancy. I SWEAR by this stuff. I dry my nettles too and made this tea daily for my veins. I was wearing support hose before doing this and after I began drinking the tea I no longer needed them.

your photos are magical here and I'm looking forward to visiting again real soon:)

~Amanda

katiez said...

Supposedly they also make wonderful soup... I can't get my head around eating something that causes me so much pain.....

Camille said...

Just stopping by for a little visit before I go *offline* for about a month. Have a wonderful Summer Cindy! Hope to catch up with you around the middle of August. :)

Many blessings,
Camille

camp and cottage living said...

Cindy
I so enjoy your blog because you have the most interesting recipes from nature.
I'm not sure if we have nettles around here or not, but I would love to try it since I drink tea all day long!
And I could really use something that gets rid of varicose veins!!
Have a great weekend Mother Nature!