The many uses of nettle
Nettle is generally not considered a particularly glamorous plant. It grows near human habitation and buildings and along roadsides, ditches and gardens. Nettle is often considered a weed and a nuisance and its stinging leaves have left painful memories for many of us. However, nettle is in fact one of the most nutritious, versatile and underappreciated plant that there is.
Nettle can be used in many ways both internally and externally:
- nettle is a delicious addition in cooking. Try nettle in soups, sauces, stews or pancakes!
- herbal teas
- in cosmetics: in the olden days, people washed their hair with nettle water
- the durable nettle fibers are used in clothing
- gardeners can use nettle as a fertilizer and pesticide in vegetable gardens
Nettle contains plenty of vitamins and minerals
Nettle is often compared to spinach due to its similar taste and use. Nettle is however much more nutritious than spinach. In fact, based on its nutritional level, nettle is a real superfood.
- Nettle contains even 6,2 g/100 g of protein.
- Nettle is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, folate, silicon and zinc. Nettle is a good addition to a vegan diet because it contains plenty of calcium.
- Nettle also contains 3–4 times more vitamin C than spinach (nettle: 175–200 mg/100 g, spinach: 45 mg/100 g). It also contains a lot of vitamins A, E and B.
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