red & green: my favorite colors

May 22, 2009

Today's blogging will be about eating, sorry, nothing artsy:) Here is a pic of the first strawberry from our garden. It's a big guy and he ended up in my breakfast:) It was yummy! I hope the next trip to the strawberry district in our garden will be successful and the berries will be the same size. Can't wait!:)

I also find out that stinging nettle started to grow in our veggie garden. Which is great because we didn't plant there any veggies this year anyways and the only think that was growing there was juts weed! Now, at least something useful is happening there and I can dry out the leaves and make a nice cup of nettle tea:) Gosh, I'm becoming a nature woman who lives out of her garden, ha-ha.

So, how we actually can get to this wonderful cup of nettle tea? Let's see... First of all you need good pair of gardening gloves for protections against the stinging and some garden scissors. I cut the flower on the top a while ago just because all the good stuff would end up in the flower and not in the leaves. Today, I cut the plant, washed it, dried it, and hanged it where is nicely dry and dark, in the pantry. The top young leaves are used for the tea and the older ones can be used for a nice warm bath, for example:)

How to make a tea: prepare a cup by pouring 2/3 cup of boiling water over 3 - 4 tsp of dried leaves and steeping for 3 - 5 minutes. An infusion can also be made with fresh nettle leaves.

The Nettle plant is famous for its medical use like to cure pain. I also found a recipe for great ravioli with nettle on this blog from the a freelance writer Langdon Cook. Enjoy!

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