I assume by now you’ve been out to your local market, right?
Around here, living downtown Toronto, it becomes a tough choice. Do we venture to the Monday evening Sorauren market, Tuesday’s in Trinity Bellwoods, Thursdays at Dufferin Grove, Saturday at Brickworks, or Sunday in Leslieville? I am spoiled!
I have been picking up a few seasonal staples each time I go- asparagus, rhubarb and the unlikely and not loved enough Stinging Nettles.
It’s true. They sting. Hence the name. This is a power food so get past the pain and get your love on for this wild green.
5 Reasons I Love Stinging Nettles
- High in Vitamin A, calcium, chlorophyll and plant digestible iron.
- Gradually and favorably alters the condition of the blood.
- Diuretic and liver toning properties
- Helps reduce water retention, PMS, balance menopausal extremes and toning the whole female system.
- A significant remedy for hay fever and allergies
5 Ways To Love Your Nettles
- Throw into your green smoothies
- Juice, juice, juice along with some ginger, beets, and apple for a happy, healthy liver.
- Chop and seep in hot water for a bright green, fresh tasting tea.
- Mix in with wild leeks, kale, basil or whatever greens you like to make amazing pestos.
- Dehydrate as you would kale to make awesometown kale chips.
Mind the sting! They are not the best greens to mix into a salad- given the stingers that wrap around the leaves. This goes away with light steaming, so there is that option. Stinging Nettle Chips, however, are my favourite way!Print
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