Stinging Nettle Infusion

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.

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I ordered a pound of dried nettles from Amazon, and found a random glass jar.

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Add 1 C dried nettles to a one quart glass jar.

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Boil about one quart of water,

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pour the water into the jar and over the nettles.

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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.

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Time to strain out the leaves…

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You can press the leaves with a wooden spoon,

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or better yet, give them a good squeeze to get out all the liquid.

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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).

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The second time, I decided to flavor it.

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I used the same amounts, but with this little bunch of spearmint. Looks like a terrarium.

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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.

0 thoughts on “Stinging Nettle Infusion

  1. YUM! I like my nettles straight up, some people enjoy adding a bit of honey. I’ve been enjoying stinging nettle infusion on and off for 8 years. It’s definitely improved my health.

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