Nettles, Early Spring Nutrition
It’s spring time and the ideal time to do a bit of foraging.
Along with wild garlic, nettles are an abundant and nutritious, easily found plant. They were held in high regard by our forebears as they are one of the first green plants to appear after winter, heralding spring, fresh green leaves and rich nutrition.
Choose a patch which is away from roadside pollutants and possible watering by dogs! Use gloves and pick the nettle tips.
Nettles are a rich source of vitamin A, Calcium and Iron. Once you have them home, give them a good wash and treat them like spinach. They make a great soup and as well as using them in the pie below, I’ve also made nettle pesto and stuffing for tortellini.
If you can’t find or don’t want to use nettles, swap them out for spinach, kale, spring greens or wild garlic.