Lately I’m really glad to see that more and more people don’t consider stinging nettle to be just an annoying weed anymore but rather recognize it for what it really is, a superfood. Stinging nettle contains loads of iron and calcium for example. It is also a good source of vitamins A and K. I discovered this powerful weed for myself last spring and all through winter this year was dreaming of spring to get my hands on the fresh nettle leaves and make one really good pesto out of them : ) So here’s the recipe for my raw vegan stinging nettle pesto:
You’ll need about 2 handfuls of raw stinging nettle leaves, about 4-5 Siberian garlic chives leaves, a few basil leaves, about half a cup of cashew nuts, 2 tablespoons of pine nuts, 2-3 garlic cloves, about 1/3 or half a cup of walnut oil, salt to taste.
Mix everything in a blender and use on pasta or as a vegetable dip sauce.
If you don’t have Siberian garlic chives leaves then feel free to be creative and replace them with something else or skip them altogether, the star of this recipe after all is the stinging nettle : )