Nettle Soup

Joined Nov 5, 2000
I had a really good Nettle soup last night at a restaurant in Seattle. Something I've never tried before but am curious, is Nettle something I've missed in the grocery store or is it some hard to find item? I don't think I've ever seen it before. The soup was very very green. I'm assuming it had butter, chicken stock, and I tasted potato as well..anyone make this soup?
Joined Jul 31, 2000
Hi Seattle,

A Nettle is actually a weed..very prickly.
I buy what are called stinging nettles..deep green like spinach. When there picked young,there sting disappears. I have not seen them in retail stores around here.I buy them from a produce vender.They are quite seasonal...not around for a long time
Joined Dec 30, 1999

Thought you might appreciate this information...

"nettles = nettle leaves

Shopping hints: Nettles have long been used in Europe as a substitute for spinach or kale, but they're tricky to use. The tips contain formic acid, a nasty irritant that can give you a serious rash on the outside and cause even more damage on the inside. You can remove the formic acid by cooking and/or soaking the nettles, but don't try this unless you know what you're doing. If you're harvesting your own nettle leaves, select young ones.

Substitutes: escarole OR beet greens OR spinach"

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Joined Mar 13, 2001
Hey Nettle lovers:

You will find a recipe for Nettle Soup in the May 2001 ed. of Food and Wine.

Joined Jan 26, 2001
The recipe in food and wine suggest substituting the nettles with fresh spinach or a combination of sorrel and parsley.

Basically a potato/spinach soup. Sounds mighty tasty.
Joined Aug 11, 2000
Funny, I was talking to one of my farmers this am and they mentioned having alot of nettles on their farm and didn't realize that chef's love um....
I gave them a list of 5 restaurants I knew would go nuts over them.
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