Plant-Based Eating

Nettle Recipes for Spring Foragers

Spring is here and tis the season for foraging! Sadly, the state parks and national forests are currently closed due to COVID-19, but the city parks of Seattle are still functioning. Unlike most of the states, Seattle has some pretty amazing city parks that make you feel like you’re outside urban life and are great for foraging.

Spring foraging is quite abundant. With the new life emerging, this offers a good deal of plants to forage: chives, green onion, leeks, fennel, rhubarb, dill, and nettle. I had never foraged for nettle before (and rightly so at first. Stinging Nettle lives up to its name, and touching it with your bare hands can cause quite a painful reaction).

Prepared with gloves, scissors, and a reusable grocery bag, I took to the weaving trails and found a bunch nearby the creek that ran through the park I decided to try out. Snipping a bag full, I have quite the supply of nettle for a variety of recipes and uses.

Here are seven recipes that you can use your nettle in.



Nettle Pesto

Nettle Pesto via Scaling Back


Steamed Nettle with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Chive Blossoms

Nettle & Toasted Sesame Seeds via Feasting at Home 


Creamy Nettle Soup

Nettle Soup via The Awesome Green


Creamy Nettle Soup with Kale & Cauliflower

Nettle Soup via Will Frolic for Food 


Nettle Flatbread

Nettle Flatbread via Tuulia


Vegan Nettle Cheesecake

Nettle Cheesecake via Nirvana Cakery


Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Nettle Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Nettle Frosting via Nirvana Cakery


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