It is pungent, overwhelming ... but it's also one of the best herbs to us! Nettle also useful in the kitchen garden that deserves our respect.
Thriving in vacant lots, on embankments and roadsides, nettle with stinging hairs evokes many memories of childhood "quills" drop bike or pranksters friends. Of the thirty species of the genus, the most common in France are stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) and stinging nettle (Urtica urens).
This herbaceous considered a "weed" is actually full of virtues. Its stems and leaves are packed with nutrients and minerals (magnesium, sulfur, nitrogen, iron), interesting treatment in the garden, but also in cooking and brewing.
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Nettle: Versatile Purin
In the form of manure, Nettle is a excellent natural fertilizer and a repellent and an antifungal to fight against mites, aphids, mildew and powdery mildew. It may also be incorporated into the compost to enable its fermentation.
To manufacture nettle manure, mix 1 kg of chopped nettles (leaves and stems, do not forget your gloves for picking) to 10 liters of rain water in a wooden or plastic tray. Cover, place in the shade and stir occasionally. Maceration takes 5 to 10 days depending on temperature. Manure is ready when the bubbles are gone.
Filter it (using old tights, for example) and pour it into plastic containers. Use it to spray on the leaves of plants against attacks by fungi and insects; Watering the roots to strengthen them.
Nettle: Magic Ingredient
Mineralising, purifying and diuretics, nettle leaves can bring their nutritional qualities cheaply in the kitchen.
Picked soft or once minced, they do not sting, you can use to replace the flood parsley in all your preparations: salads, raw vegetables, etc. Cooked, they are cooked like spinach, in soups, quiches, pies, pesto, laminated, omelettes, etc. Fresh or dried, they can be taken as a tea, cure mineralizing before each new season (count three cups a day for three weeks).
In all cases, collect "organic" leaves picking distant plants grown and treated fields.