First nettles of 2012


The first nettles of the 2012 season for us.

While the spaghetti cooks, gently fry garlic & anchovies in extra virgin olive oil. Then add nettles to the pan and cover till they wilt. Season with salt, ground black pepper and lemon juice. Mix through lightly drained spaghetti with a good handful of finely grated Parmesan cheese. Delicious!

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6 responses to “First nettles of 2012”

  1. Elaine Avatar

    If your overwhelmed with nettles Zuppa alle Ortiche uses 600g; the taste is wonderful!
    Onions, leeks, chicken stock,chilli, beaten egg yolks and parmesan cheese.

    1. Carl Avatar

      Thanks Elaine. My attitude to the nettles is now one of joy at the bounty and the free greens I have to hand. The soup thickened with eggs sounds like a really fun idea to try. Grazie mille 🙂

  2. Janice Avatar

    Not too many young nettles in Scotland yet either although I believe the evil weed is everywhere, all the time. I’m going to have a go at this, we have so many nettles I’m sure we could sell them!

    1. Carl Avatar

      Do have a try Janice. I’m sure you’ll really enjoy them and it’s a great way to get yor own back on the nettles.

  3. Green Dragonette Avatar

    Not see any young tender local nettles yet here in South Wales and the local wild garlic is still quite small…just need to give it an extra week or two here I guess…

    1. Carl Avatar

      Hope fully things will come along quickly for you now with a nice mixture of some warmth and rain. You’ll be swamped in the stuff soon 🙂