EasyPeasy nettle pesto recipie - packed with Spring tonic goodness.
Here's a tip of how to pick nettles -importantly don't pick the ones on the dog walking path!
Head towards the clumps that are off the path away from passers by - look for a clump that are green, delicious and healthy looking, away from litter. I find that if I use a pair of scissors and a colander I can collect a pan full without stinging myself.
I ❤️ nettles soooooo much. I actually start dreaming about eating them come January
Here's our famous nettle pesto recipe:
Handful of spring nettle tops, Handful of toasted pine nuts (or nuts of your choice), Handful of grated parmesan, a clove of crushed garlic, a big glug of olive oil, salt and pepper and squeeze of lemon juice (if you have it)
Blitz in a blender or mash with a pestle and mortar then stir into hot pasta or potatoes or anything you like.
I got **** to make nettle pasta. We just very briefly blanched the nettles, no more than 30 seconds in boiling water, then wrung it out till it was a bit dry and then added it to the pasta dough. It was really good