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biofreakbiofreak Posts: 807
I make Nettle Jelly every year, it is wonderful with roast lamb and also add it to Pecorino to make wonderful savoury scones.


  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Please, please give us the recipe if you would?  I have had nettle soup and it was lovely, the idea of nettle jelly sounds wonderful.

    The dreaded ground elder was introduced as a pain killer and comfort for those suffering from gout, the Romans brought it here.  It is still quite effective as a tea - it was called Bishops Wort because only the bishops were thought to be rich enough to get gout from heavy eating!  Take a good large handful of the very youngest leaves, steep them in a mug of boiling water, drain well, sweeten with a little honey if you want, and drink.  It is harmless, and does have a slight sedative effect taken just before bed.  It doesn't taste delicious but is not revolting either, slightly cabbagy. 

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    A few young dandelion leaves make a nice addition to a green salad, but they will make you wee more than usual. 

  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 807

    1 kg d'orties, 1 citron, sucre

    * Remplir une casserole avec 1 kg d'ortie, bien tassée.

    * Couvrir d'eau , cuire en une décoction concentrée.

    * Une fois cuite, presser les orties afin d'en extraire le jus.

    * Peser le jus et ajoutez le même poids de sucre.

    * Ajouter un jus de citron

    * Cuire et mettre en pots.

    Vous obtiendrez une confiture surprenante

    A déguster sur du pain de campagne ou dans des gâteaux
  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 807
    Quick translation! 1Kg Nettles/1 Lemon/1Kg Sugar

    Boil nettles/Sieve/Add lemon Juice plus Sugar and Voila make Jelly! Sorry it was in french. It's a good Norman recipe and I forgot to translate it!
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  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Thank you very much, this I am very tempted to try.

  • kaycurtiskaycurtis Posts: 111
    My neighbour lets ground elder go unchecked in his garden for years, it creeps under the fence into my garden and I have sat and dug it out for years, I am getting to old for this, so this year I resorted to systemic weed killer first time ever, I wish more younger people cared about their gardens, think of all the lovely things that can be grown, you don't have to resort to eating weeds. I do however leave a patch of stinging nettles for the butterflies.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,535
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • kaycurtiskaycurtis Posts: 111

    don't forget to make a nettle feed for your plants, also comfy makes a great feed for plant, but it stinks terrible so keep it at the end of the garden until you need to use it, also keep it covered.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,705

    My nettle and comfrey feeds are at the end of the garden, but it's only 15 ft from the neighbours back door. image Oops

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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