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Nettle Pesto



Nettles are often thought of as merely an invasive weed.  But perhaps think again before ridding your garden of those nuisance nettles. Nettles, particularly young nettles, are tasty and nutritious and can make a great addition to your diet.  They are high in vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium, iron and vitamin A.  This is one of my favourite nettle recipes. It’s easy to make, and freezes well, so you can make a big batch.

Nettle & Brazil Nut Pesto


  • 20 brazil nuts
  • 2 handfuls of nettle leaves (young nettles or the top of older ones)
  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 100 – 200mls olive oil
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp yeast flakes (optional)



Ensure you wear gloves when picking and handling the nettles.  Bring a pan of water to the boil and plunge the nettles into the hot water for 1 minute and then immediately into cold water. Put the nettles and the other ingredients, except the olive oil, into a food processor. Add the olive oil gradually, and start to blend, until you have your desired consistency.  It’s delicious served with salad, roasted vegetables, courgette spirals, or quinoa.

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