Nettle.

Two nice nettle recipes by Susun Weed, shared through her newszine!

A-Wild-Nettle-and-Potato-Soup

Nettle Soup Simple

Leave some time for this to cook. Best to start it in the morning.

  • Gather 1-2 ounces of fresh nettle tops and leaves per serving of soup.
  • Drop them into boiling water: 12-16 ounces of water per serving.
  • Bring to a rolling boil and adjust heat to a simmer.
  • Cook, tightly covered, for as long as possible, or up to four hours.
  • Reheat before serving.

Amazingly enough, this soup keeps well for up to a week refrigerated. And it freezes really well. I love to sit down to simple nettle soup in the middle of the winter.

Nettle Soup Fancy
It is so easy to add ingredients to your simple nettle soup. Try them one at a time at first, then get really fancy and add several.
Gather 1-2 ounces of fresh nettle tops and leaves per serving of soup. Drop them into boiling water: 12-16 ounces of water per serving.

Add any one or more of these healing foods to fancy up your nettle soup:
•    1 stick of astragalus for each two servings
•    1-3 shiitake mushrooms per serving
•    any amount of seaweed, especially wakame or kombu
•    ½ potato or sweet potato per serving
•    ½ of any root per serving: carrot, parsnip, turnip, celeriac, burdock

Bring to a rolling boil and adjust heat to a simmer. Cook, tightly covered, for as long as possible, or up to four hours. Reheat before serving.

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Photo credits: brooklodge.com and plantedathome.com

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