Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup

Why not try our  nettle soup recipe? Let us know what you think or e-mail us your own favourite nettle recipe.

With the first signs of spring, you will be able to see the nettles poking up through last year's dead brambles. These pea shoot green leaves are at exactly the right stage for harvesting. You can eat the whole plant right now but only go for the tips when they get bigger and avoid them once they start flowering. Even tender-looking leaves can give you a nasty sting so use gloves

Ingredients:

1 lb potatoes,  lb young nettles,  2 oz butter, 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic, 1 pt chicken or vegetable stock,  sea salt & black pepper,  4 tablespoons sour cream.

Method: Cook the peeled, chopped potatoes for 10 mins in salted water. Drain. Wash & chop coarsely the nettles (Only pick the new, young tops,using gloves!) Melt the butter in a saucepan, & fry the onions & garlic,but dont let them brown,  add the nettles and steam gently for a few minutes. Add the potatoes and heated stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until tender. When all is soft, cool slightly & puree in a blender, adding seasoning and the sour cream.