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Nettle Bunch (Orties ) – Laurent Berrurier

$35 by bunch

When using nettles in the kitchen, the best advice is to wear a thick pair of gloves, and then handle them as freely as you want.

Nettles are a historic ingredient, in fact ‘nettle pudding’ has been officially declared Britain’s oldest pudding, created round 6,000BC. The green weeds have been used for nettle beer and nettle wine through the ages, and are currently back on the menu thanks to the trend for foraging — with a simple nettle soup being an indisputably beautiful, British springtime dish.

Nettles have a verdant, spinach-like flavour, and you can almost taste the iron and minerals bursting out from the leaves. Best of all, these plants litter Britain’s verges and hedgerows in early springtime, are easy to identify and free to pick.

How to cook with nettles
It’s important to start by washing the leaves, you never know what animal has been doing what nearby!

Once the nettles have been washed, pick the leaves off the stalk. At this point, it’s best to think of stinging nettles in a similar fashion to spinach in terms of cooking the leaves. Quickly blanching them in a pot of boiling water will deaden the sting. But leave them for too long and – like spinach – the leaves will wilt too far, and start to lose flavour, texture and goodness.

Treat the cooked nettle leaves as you would treat cooked spinach leaves. Firstly, squeeze the moisture out of them and then add a splash of cream for a delicious side dish, or chop them loosely into a pasta sauce. Like spinach, it’s possible to freeze nettle leaves — do it in an ice cube tray, and then you can quickly defrost one cube at a time to quickly and easily add big green flavours to anything from an omelette to a risotto.

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Description

Nettle, or stinging nettle, is a shrub that comes from northern Europe and Asia. Its scientific name is Urtica dioica. The plant boasts pretty, heart-shaped leaves and yellow or pink flowers, but the stem is covered in tiny, stiff hairs that release stinging chemicals when touched.

The leaves, stem, or root from the nettle plant can be crushed and made into powders, tinctures, creams, teas, and more. While people have used it for centuries as an herbal medicine, modern research also supports many of the potential health benefits of nettle and nettle tea.

Laurent Berrurier cultivates his vegetables from île-de-France with great success. He is the only market gardener who belong to the Académie culinaire de France.  He was the recent finalist in the fourth edition île-de-France Heritage Prize of regional food innovation competition. The gardener is well-known to Parisian Chefs and is also a proud supplier for Chef Yannick Alléno. Laurent Berrurier is specialist in the production of forgotten vegetables from Ile-de-France. Cabbages, asparagus, leeks, dandelions, the market gardener supplies his entire production to the great Parisian chefs. There are over 200 varieties of vegetables in all.
We are very proud to get those natural jewels selected by Laurent and delivered to your doorstep.

Grâce à lui, les légumes oubliés d'Ile-de-France séduisent les plus grands chefs - Le Parisien

 

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