Iced Nettle Tea Recipe

So a few folks contacted me and asked for amounts on my Nettle Tea, now I should be clear that I like hot nettle tea as well but this is my current standard Cold Nettle Tea.

I had to make a batch and then write it out today, so I take a 8 cup steel pot with my cutter out to the garden and I am cutting around six cups of loosely packed nettle tops, one cup of loosely packed apple mint (althought later in the year, I am looking forward to trying a number of different kinds of mints in the mix) and one cup of violet leaves/mixed with flowers.

* Please remember to use nettles that are not in bloom, if you need to, cut down half your patch and allow it to start again so you have fresh tops to use.

These are cleanly picked and because of that, I feel comfortable just filling the pot with fresh cold well water, and bring to a simmer, I simmer them for a min of 20 min, at this point, I strain though a steel fine mesh and it goes into my half gallon jar, I like to add raw local honey to taste, and I then add 1/4th to 1/2 half a cup of white wine or apple cider vinager- that is not required by any means, I just like the way it tastes, and the added health benafits   (I guess you could use sugar if you want to sweeten) and then stir and fill the rest of the jar with cold water and into the fridge to chill..

This is a full bodied in flavour herbal tea, its a lovely green color, its slightly sweet, slightly tart and goes down easy.. cheers to a awesome healthy drink to your health!

 

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3 Responses to Iced Nettle Tea Recipe

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this (at the farm, nettles have always been an abundant pain in the hand, arm, rear; ) but I actually had to acquire some (thanks FG!) and I’m actually excited (and impatient to boot) about growing my own nettles here. Joni truly said it best: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…”
    Stinging nettle gets a full 5 out of 5 for food AND health uses, according to Plants for a Future…
    http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Urtica+dioica

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Oh you betcha (to both your question AND your observation!; ) and thank you!!
    My only wish is that I had an old barnyard to plant them in. Guess the former compost pile will have to do. LOL!

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