VIDEO: Nadège’s nettle and wild garlic soup!

Being able to grow or to forage your own food is so rewarding! This recipe aims to help you to be more confident using the plants you have around you. If you are unsure about any plants, refer to books or experts before you use them!

Ingredients

  • 150 nettle leaves
  • 100g wild garlic
  • 2 potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 big onion
  • 1L stocks
  • Oil (Salt & pepper)
  • Milk (optional)
  • Add more nettle or wild garlic if you want more flavour!

Method

  • Step 1: Chop onions and heat in a saucepan with some oil (10 minutes). Step 2: In the meantime, clean the leaves.
  • Step 3: Add chopped potatoes, carrots, leaves with 1L stock and simmer for 40 minutes. Add salt and pepper if needed.
  • Step 4: Once the potatoes and carrots are soften, it’s ready. Blend and add milk if you like a creamier or runnier soup. ENJOY!

More information about foraging and the plants

Just a reminder if you are foraging:

  • Make sure to identify the right plant. Use a book, an app but if you have ANY doubts, do not use it.
  • When foraging make sure you take a spot with a lot a plants so you only take a small amount of it.
  • Do not dig up or remove the plant (Britain’s wild plants are all protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act-1981).

Benefits of wild garlic : “it is a spring tonic due to its blood-purifying properties, it’s also thought to lower cholesterol and blood-pressure, which in turn helps to reduce the risk of diseases such as heart attack or stroke.”

More information = https://www.countryfile.com/how-to/food-recipes/wild-garlic-guide-where-to-find-how-to-cook-it-and-recipe-ideas/

Benefits of nettle: “It is a plant full of iron, calcium, magnesium and nitrogen, which makes it incredibly nutritious for both other plants and humans. The leaves are a gentle diuretic, helping the body to process and flush away toxins. It flushes the kidneys and bladder to prevent and soothe urinary tract infections.”

More information: https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/10-uses-for-nettles/

Published by Nadegegrows

Garden Assistant/Tend and Share project worker

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