Monday, April 07, 2008

Spring Greens

St. Columba's Broth - Pick young stinging nettles before the end of June, when they are 4 or 5 inches high - one 'handful' for each person. Boil, drain, chop and return to pan with water and milk. Reheat, sprinkle in fine oatmeal or oats, stirring until thick.
Richard Mabey's Flora Britannica

Nettles, Sprouting Broccoli and Wild Garlic all ripe for the picking now.


gintoino said...

Nettles? I always thought of nettles as being just a weed.Do you eat nettles? How do you eat nettles?

Misshathorn said...

Hello Gintoino
I've now added a recipe, but I usually just make my porridge and then stir in the chopped nettles at the last minute. As soon as they hit the heated gruel they lose their sting. I also put them in potato soup.

Anonymous said...

Nettle tea is also very good. Pour boiling water on dried nettles and let steep. It's delicious and full of nourishment - iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc, Vitamins A,B,C & D to name a few.

From what I've read you should harvest before the flowers emerge.