Do you have foraged stinging nettle that you’ve dried or recently collected? Make this stinging nettle-ade! It’s a refreshing sugar free lemonade recipe that’s easy to make and sugar free. It’s the perfect foraged drink recipe.
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Stinging Nettle Benefits
Many people know about stinging nettle, but it is much more well-known for its painful sting than its edible and medicinal qualities.
If prepared the right way, stinging nettles are delicious and nutritious! So many edible wild “weeds” are brushed off as being a nuisance, when they are actually quite tasty, and often have medicinal value as well.
Stinging nettle is a very nutritious superfood. It has a large amount of many vitamins and minerals, but is particularly high in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium.
Nettle is also a potent medicinal plant. It is commonly used for kidney and bladder problems, including urinary tract infections.
Stinging nettle is known as an all around tonic for women’s reproductive system, and is often used when trying to conceive, as well as throughout pregnancy (check with your doctor or midwife before using it during pregnancy).
Because of its high concentration of minerals, nettle is also commonly used for bone ailments such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
Stinging Nettle-Ade Recipe
The book by Mia Wasilevich titled Ugly Little Greens tells us how to cook these overlooked plants in delightful ways! That is where I got this recipe for Nettle-Ade that I’m going to share with you today.
If you don’t have any dried nettles on hand for this recipe, you can always purchase them from Mountain Rose Herbs, my favorite place to buy high quality, organic herbs.
First, steep the dried nettles. Place the nettles in a teapot or a nonreactive pot and pour the boiling water over them. Let the nettles steep for 15 minutes, then strain them from the water.
Add ice to a tall glass and muddle the honey with the preserved lemon. Pour in ½ cup (120 ml) of the strong nettle tea and finish with the sparkling water.
This Nettle-Ade recipe is surprisingly delicious!
Slightly sweet from the honey, and a pleasant tartness from the lemon make it really wonderful. It is super refreshing on a hot day!
It’s nice to know how healthy it is, too.
Nettle infusion is something that we could all use a little more of, and this is the perfect way to make it more enticing.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this nettle-ade all summer long with my stash of foraged dried stinging nettle!
Ugly Little Greens Book
I really love the book Ugly Little Greens by Mia Wasilevich!
- Plantain and Purslane Poke
- Cattail Pollen Madeleines
- Nettles Benedict
- Salted Dandelion and Plantain Two Ways
- Lambsquarters Marbled Bread
- Elderflower Sangria with Summer Fruit
Both this wonderful book and this amazing Stinging Nettle-Ade recipe are highly recommended!
It’s always so much fun to actually make awesome recipes from foraged and wildcrafted ingredients. Mia’s book will help you with some of the best recipes I’ve seen for these wild edible weeds!
What is your favorite way to prepare stinging nettles?
- To steep the dried nettles, place the nettles in a teapot or a nonreactive pot and pour the boiling water over them. Let the nettles steep for 15 minutes, then strain them from the water.
- Add ice to a tall glass and muddle the honey with the preserved lemon. Pour in ½ cup (120 ml) of the strong nettle tea and finish with the sparkling water.