Loveday’s Cornish Nettle Tea
Stinging Nettle/Common nettle/Leaf nettle
As you will know if you have read the book, Loveday was partial to a good old cuppa of nettle tea. An acquired taste you may think, but coastal and country folk would make do with their surrounding flora in many ways, from medicinal cures to food and drink. The Cornish also make a delicious Yarg cheese that is coated with nettle leaves and is very yummy!
Nettles are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are high in Vitamins A & C, as well as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Potassium. They are earthy in taste and similar to spinach and best eaten when tender from early to mid-spring.
Make sure you wear thick gloves when picking and pinch the tips of the young leaves.
Lay on a tray to wilt or wash in hot water (once wilted they lose their sting).
They must always be cooked (never use them fresh in salads).
Crush leaves, add water then steep for 5-20 minutes depending on personal taste.
Add a squeeze of lemon or/and sugar if required.
A sprinkle of magic.
Drink no more than 4 cups per day.
Check with a Doctor or Herbalist if taking medication to ensure there are no interactions.
Side effects can and sometimes do happen. Always test a small amount first. Be sure to only pick what you need from nature and also that you are sure you know what you are picking.