3 Stinging Nettle Recipes

By Matt Hodder | Last Updated May 16, 2018
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Get past their intimidating sting to find a nutritional powerhouse. Spring is peak season for harvesting the tender tops of the stinging nettle. If you venture out to harvest them between between April and May, wear gloves or use tongs to pick the top 2 to 3 nodes of the young plants. Nettles can be tossed in baked goods, or fried directly from their fresh state, as the sting is quickly neutralized by a short blast of heat. Tougher tops of older plants should be blanched to neutralize the sting.

Nettle Tagliatelle with Pork and Pangrattato

Nettle Tagliatelle with Pork and Pangrattato
To blanch the nettles, bring a large pot of water to a boil. In another pot, or large bowl, prepare an ice bath. Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water and cook the nettles for 1-2 minutes...

Wild Green Phyllo Pie

Wild Green Phyllo Pie
To blanch the nettles, bring a large pot of water to a boil. In another pot, or large bowl, prepare an ice bath. Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water and cook the nettles for 1-2 minutes...

Nettle Cannelloni with Morels and Spring Herbs

Nettle Cannelloni with Morels and Spring Herbs
To blanch the nettles, bring a large pot of water to a boil. In another pot, or large bowl, prepare an ice bath. Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water and cook the nettles for 1-2 minutes...
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