I do know…. it is bizarre that we domesticate weeds in our yard, particularly when you think about how unfriendly nettles look like. One contact and you realize why they’re known as “stinging” nettles. However this luscious weed is definitely worth the problem. Not solely are stinging nettles completely scrumptious, they’re tremendous good for you…filled with fiber, protein, nutritional vitamins A, C, D, and Okay. Nettles are a miraculous anti-inflammatory, remedy of seasonal allergic reactions, and a identified blood air purifier. We brew nettles as a easy tea, saute them as we might spinach or different tender greens, and puree them into pesto. As soon as nettles are cooked, the notorious sting disappears.

Nettles appear to be cropping up at increasingly farmers’ markets lately. I’ve even seen them at Monterey Market. Or for those who’re of the adventurous foraging ilk, you would possibly discover nettles rising wild close by. Please, harvest the nettles with care. Utilizing gloves is all the time a protected guess, although I discover a good set of tongs and scissors to work for me so long as I am cautious to not casually brush my arm in opposition to the bush whereas harvesting.


Nettles and eggs make scrumptious companions. The tender greens are so
good sauteed with a bit spring onion and Parmesan and tucked right into a
tender omelet. After all you’ll be able to eat this dish for breakfast, however
bear in mind omelets make a pleasant lunch or straightforward supper.

When you’re inquisitive about nettles, learn extra right here and right here.

INGREDIENTS makes 1 omelet, although you’ll be able to simply double, triple… the recipe to feed as many as you select

  • Three packed cups trimmed and washed nettle leaves (see my notes above in regards to the crucial precautions for dealing with contemporary nettles)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped spring onion or scallion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan 
  • 2-Three eggs
  • splash of water
  • freshly floor black pepper
  • unsalted butter
  • non-compulsory for garnish: chopped onion greens and/or onion blossoms

Warmth olive oil in a medium
saute pan over medium warmth. Add nettle leaves. Use tongs to toss nettles
and coat them within the heat oil. Add a sprinkling of sea salt to the greens.
Cowl the pan, flip then flame to low and proceed to cook dinner nettles for a
jiffy till the leaves are wilted and tender.

cooked nettles on a chopping board, and coarsely chop. Set chopped
nettles subsequent to your range so to simply add them to your
omelet in just some minutes. Place your grated Parm subsequent to the range prime as effectively.

a small, well-seasoned forged iron (or non-stick) pan over medium warmth in order that it will probably completely preheat earlier than you cook dinner your omelet. Within the
meantime, whisk eggs vigorously in a mixing bowl with a
pinch of salt, a number of grinds of black pepper, and a tiny splash of faucet water.

When you’re new to cooking omelets and would love some visible assist, you would possibly need to try this submit from my archives. 

half tablespoon butter within the sizzling pan. Swirl it round to coat all
sides. (If the pan is simply too sizzling and the butter browns, use a paper towel
to wipe out the pan, modify the flame and begin with a
contemporary pat of butter.) As soon as the melted butter has coated the perimeters of the
pan, instantly add the whisked eggs. Seize the deal with of
the pan and tilt it so the eggs evenly coat the underside, and barely up
the perimeters of the pan. As soon as the eggs begin to type giant bubbles, use a
spatula to drag the eggs from the sting in direction of the center of the pan,
letting the runny eggs fill the void. Repeat this motion in Three-Four locations
till there isn’t any longer any extra runny egg.

As soon as
your eggs have a pleasant rumpled floor, sprinkle the grated Parm onto the omelet.
Subsequent add the chopped, cooked nettles. (If the omelet nonetheless appears to be like a
little underdone to your style, flip the flame to low and canopy the pan
for only a minute or so. I personally like my omelets with a barely gooey
center.) Slide the omelet from the pan onto a plate, letting it fold onto

Serve omelet straight away and garnish with onion greens (and blossoms, for those who’ve bought them.) Get pleasure from!