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PostFri Mar 21, 2014 8:04 pm 
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It's Nettle season here in Seattle already.
This year I made sure that I picked only the tops with as little stem as possible which made the prep of these greens super easy (no trimming, just soaking).

Tonight I made a basic pureed nettle soup with chicken stock, onion and potato. It needed some heavy cream which I didn't have so I used whole milk yogurt as a garnish. It worked.

Does anyone have other ways they like their nettles?

I might try a risotto with a batch that I didn't use in the soup next.

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PostSun Mar 23, 2014 7:05 am 
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I only have enough to steam once or twice in the spring. A friend has tons. I should transplant some more to a compost pile somewhere. You can dry the leaves and add them to soups I guess. If you are blessed with a surplus... tongue.gif
Salsa? I found a recipe whizzing up chopped nettles, garlic, pamegiano, oil and nuts. I would try that, but probably throw in some lime juice too and some heat, that one sounds more like a pesto.
Still snowing up here, the poor nesslehn still buried in the woods. Enjoy your spring treat!

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PostSun Mar 23, 2014 7:50 am 
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It nettles me that this thread has no pictures.

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PostSat Mar 10, 2018 11:09 am 
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Today brought the first bowl of stinging nettle soup into my life. The shoots with their tender leaves are just coming out of the ground and had a morning frost on them when picked today. Along with salmonberry pies I hope to add nettle soup onto the yearly traditions. Here is the recipe I used without the salt or cream. https://www.thespruce.com/stinging-nettles-soup-2217495
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PostWed Mar 14, 2018 6:41 am 
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Thanks for the reminder!

I remember on the Napeequa trail schwacking bushels of them out of the way with my poles... and forgetting that I could have been picking a few to add to the evenings meal.
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PostThu Mar 29, 2018 5:11 pm 
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Nettle pesto - really good.  Go for the tender tops.

Nettle Pesto Recipe

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