18 Sep '11, 8pm
Sunday Vegetarian Recipe: Nettles Pesto: by Daniel Kessler, Oakland, CA on 09.18.11 Don't be afraid of Stinging
Don't be afraid of Stinging Nettles. When handled right, nettles can be used like basil to create all sorts of easy-to make, tasty treats, including pesto. Let's start with what nettles are. This "super food" is an herb found growing in the wild in many places around the globe, and its nutritional value is almost unmatched. One cup of nettles will provide 6.6 g of carbohydrates, 2.4 g of protein, between 7.7% to 17.5%of the daily recommended intake of iron, and its off the charts for vitamins K and A. Not bad for what many people consider a weed. Of course there is one important caveat to consider when looking at the wonders of nettles: their stinging quality. Nettle leaves come with little hairs that will sting you if handled improperly. The best way to harvest them is to take the youngest leaves and pinch them off at the base while wearing gloves. You can then blanche th...