Lately I’ve been worrying about not getting enough calcium in my diet. Mumra is having the same problem, and suggested trying a stinging nettle infusion. I looked it up, and using the measurements below you should get 500mg of calcium per serving – that’s 50% of the calcium an adult woman needs per day. Not bad.
I ordered a pound of dried nettles from Amazon, and found a random glass jar.
Add 1 C dried nettles to a one quart glass jar.
Boil about one quart of water,
pour the water into the jar and over the nettles.
Stir it up a bit. Since I had a plastic lid, I let the water cool quite a bit before I sealed the jar. You will want to seal it and let it steep for at least 4 hours, or make it before bed and let it steep overnight. This is important because if you just, say, stuck some nettles in a tea ball and let it steep for a few minutes, you wouldn’t get nearly as much calcium.
Time to strain out the leaves…
You can press the leaves with a wooden spoon,
or better yet, give them a good squeeze to get out all the liquid.
And…you have really dark, strong and yet oddly mild tea. Somehow the flavor lasts very briefly on your tongue, and there’s no aftertaste at all (at least with the amounts I used).
The second time, I decided to flavor it.
I used the same amounts, but with this little bunch of spearmint. Looks like a terrarium.
It’s good both ways, and I’d like to try it with cinnamon or anise sometime. What’s your favorite thing to pair with nettles?
This will keep in the fridge for about a week.