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How to harvest nettle leaves

Posted by CecilWesterhof none (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 13, 13 at 9:20

A little while ago I wanted to make nettle soup. For thee you can use the whole plant, but for soup you can only use the leaves. (I do not put it through the blender.) I wanted to harvest a kilo of leaves, but it was quit labour intensive, so I quit at a third of it. Is there a smart way to harvest the leaves fast?


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RE: How to harvest nettle leaves

Never done it myself other than as a very bad childhood experience. So for me it wouldn't be worth the suffering. :-)

But I did find several how-to articles on the web (linked below). But from browsing through them it seems it is just lots of labor intensive picking (with gloves and long sleeved shirts to avoid the sting burn).

Here is a link that might be useful: How to harvest nettles


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RE: How to harvest nettle leaves

Be sure to wash well with soap and water as soon as possible.


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RE: How to harvest nettle leaves

digdirt: Thanks. I'll look into them. But properly I'll limit myself to thee then.


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RE: How to harvest nettle leaves

Cecil - you need to pick them early in the year when they are no more than about 25cm tall. Wear gloves and pick the whole stems. At that time of year you will probably be wearing thick clothes anyway! You do not need to remove the leaves if the plants are young and tender. Later in the year they are too tough and fibrous. It is too late to pick nettles for eating now unless you can find a patch which has been cut back and has regrown. A kilo of leaves will make a huge amount of soup! This recipe only needs 400 g. It does say to pick off the leaves but I don't bother since you are going to blend the soup anyway. I would not wash them in soup and water either , just thoroughly rinse in water. I don't see how you could ever get the taste of soap off them and presumably you will be picking them from a place you know has not been sprayed.

(BTW - 'tea'.)

Here is a link that might be useful: Nettle soup


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