Stinging Nettle has many health benefits. The French love using it in this soup so we were pretty excited to learn how!
I’m by no means a food blogger…but food is a huge part of any culture, so the food posts I do write are specific to the area we are in.
Some of the health benefits proven to be derived from stinging nettle are:
- Home remedy for a bladder or urinary tract infection
- Osteoarthritis and joint pain
- Hay fever
- Reduces bleeding when cut
More research needs to be done, but it is also believed to help in these ways:
- Promote lactation
- Stimulate hair growth
- Help control blood sugar in patients with diabetes
- Reduce bleeding connected to gingivitis
- Treat disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract
- Provide relief from water retention
- Prevent or treat diarrhea
- Decrease menstrual flow
- Provide asthma relief
- Heal wounds
- Treat hemorrhoids
- Stimulate contractions in pregnant women
- Treat insect bites
- Treat tendonitis
- Treat anemia
(Information from: Dr. Axe)
SO basically, its a new superfood.
2 Large potatoes
2 Bunches of nettle
1 Large onion
Salt to taste
Espelette pepper to taste
Small bunch of parsley (destemmed)
2 tbsp Olive oil
Here’s how to make it:
- Cut the stinging nettle (good luck finding it). You can see if it’s stinging nettle by touching it. If it itches and leaves red bumps, you found it! 😉 Definitely use gardening gloves with rubber gloves over the top as well. Don’t pick flowering nettle.
- Take all the leaves off the stinging nettle with some scissors. This took us forever!
- Heat up olive oil in a pot. When it’s warm add sliced onions.
- Once the onions have cooked in the oil for 5 minutes, add sea salt to get water out of the onions. Cook for 10 more minutes.
- Add the nettles and parsley. Then cover the pot. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Mix in the sliced potatoes and water.
- Let cook for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
- Season with salt and espelette pepper (or cayenne if you can’t find any).
- Blend for 2 minutes.
- Violà! It’s done 🙂
We made a huge batch because they sterilize it and bottle it up for customers.
Here are some pictures!
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