Best picked in Spring and great as a fertiliser for tomatoes when they are past their best. Pick only the top 4-6 leaves of each plant for a delightful earthy soup.
Very beneficial for all women but especially those who suffer from light periods, dizziness, floaters in the eyes, fatigue – especially in the afternoon, lack of concentration, those with pale lips, nails, tongue and complexion.
Nettles are an excellent tonic for the blood, with a strengthening action on the Liver, Lung and Kidney. Nettles nourish the Liver yin as well as helping resolve Phlegm in the Lung. The potato acts as a neutral, Qi-strengthening base for the nettle’s action. The main action of this soup is to nourish Blood, support the Kidney and strengthen the Liver Yin.
12 ounces potatoes
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
6 ounces nettles
2 pints veg stock
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper
Cook the onion in the oil until golden then add the finely chopped potato and stir frequently of about five minutes.
Add the nettles and a good splash of stock and let them sweat with the other ingredients for another 5 minutes.
Add the stock and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the nutmeg just before the end. Liquidise and add the lemon, salt and pepper. Season with soya sauce, extra nutmeg and lemon if desired. Do not overseason, otherwise you will overpower the simple earthiness of this soup.