1. Choose your nettle patch carefully. I found mine on the bank of the river Severn. Make sure:
- You are away from dog walking routes (obvious reasons)
- You are away from arable fields (crop sprays/ pesticides)
- The soil isn't sandy - sandy soil gets splashed up all over the nettles when it rains and however much you wash them they will still be gritty.
- There hasn't been recent floods around your nettle patch - the nettles near the bank were covered with sludge.
- Avoid nettles under trees -they suffer from birds and whatever the tree decides to drop.
2. Get the marigolds out to avoid the sting.
4. Wash them well in water when you get back - again use the marigolds.
Pearl barley risotto with wild nettles, roasted purple sprouting broccoli, artichokes and nettle pesto (This was part of a week long event - scroll down to Thursday on this link)
The BNT brioche crown (that's home cured bacon, wild nettles and home grown tomatoes - an epic)
Beans on toast (or if you prefer: Homemade gluten free nettle bread with beer baked cannellini beans and nettle pesto)