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No gin with this tonic

March 8, 2010

Nettle pesto for dinner!  I posted my recipe over Simple-Green-Frugal-Co-op today, it’s delicious.

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  1. March 8, 2010 4:46 pm

    I went over and read your recipe – sounds good, but…. I can’t say I would ever qualify stinging nettle as a “mild irritant.” It’s always preety painful to me. Also, the other day I tried nettle tea, which had been simmered for a full five minutes – and it still stung if the boiled plants touched my lips! Do you think I am just extra sensitive?

    • March 8, 2010 9:10 pm

      Aimee, I guess I never worry about the nettles – being able to sell them for $5 or $6 a pound to chefs makes me view them a little differently than I used to as a kid, when a chance encounter when I wasn’t paying attention would raise a sting on my skin. Maybe you’re more sensitive to the hairs on the plant – and maybe I’m immune after picking them so much. Boiling is a lot different than simmering, and maybe dried leaves would work better for tea? The sting lessens after wilting, and disappears after drying for sure. Himalayan blackberry thorns are more troublesome to me 🙂

  2. March 9, 2010 5:39 am

    I am going to have to look into growing stinging nettles. I considered adding them when I searched out and planted the comfrey. I think I will have another look at them. They make a good fertilizer and fresh feed for the chickens too.

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