Yep! They are delicious raw and once you know the trick, they are actually very easy to eat without fear of stinging your tongue.
It’s easy as 1, 2, 3…
First, before picking any leaves, squat down to their level and examine the leaves. You’ll notice the stingers are mainly on the lower side of the leaves, especially on the bigger leaves. The stingers on the tops of the leaves seem to have lost their sting and are not bothersome.
Besides eating Nettles raw, there are a myriad of ways to incorporate this delicious herb into your daily meals:
~Chop and add the tops to lasagnas, casseroles, soups and stir fries (fresh or dried)
~Saute and cook like any other greens, add in dandelion leaves if desired. Start with a mixture of red onion, garlic and ginger in a bit of coconut oil, adding the chopped nettles and dandelion leaves once they are softened. Cook for a minute or two and serve.
~Steam and serve over rice with a dash of nettle infused vinegar
~Mince and add to hamburgers, meatloaf and salmon patties (fresh or dried)
When steaming Nettles, save the liquid and drink it! It’s delicious warm or cool and very nourishing.
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