I have been growing nettles to attract ladybirds, as I read once that they particularly fancy nettle aphids, and saw nettles on the canal that were full of ladybirds after that.
But nettles are also a nutritious food: my Food for Free booklet says that "they have high levels if Vitamins A and C, 2.3% by weight iron, and a remarkable 5.5% of protein."
So I decided to make soup, and after browsing a few recipes I mixed them to get this:
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- e.v. olive oil q.b.
- 2 tbs of white flour
- 150 gr nettles tops and young leaves
- 1 glass whole milk
- 500 ml chicken stock