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Today I went foraging in the woods with friends for the fresh green tops of stinging nettles which are just coming into growth to make nettle and ginger beer. I can’t yet vouch for the flavour – it takes about 7 days to be ready to drink, so watch this space.
Even if it turns out barely drinkable it was a good reason to get out into the spring sunshine, which angled through the new leaves and splashed on colonies of white wood anemones. Top tips are avoid anywhere dogs might have used as a toilet, and stick to the bright green top growth rather than the older, darker leaves.
There is a good recipe here – fingers crossed it turns out well, and is worth the odd sting. Go try it!
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Stinging nettle pic by foreby on flickr
Wood anemone pic by Vinje on flickr
Posted in cambridgeshire, countryside, Essex, food, gardens, hertfordshire, norfolk, suffolk, Uncategorized
Tagged foraging, hedgerows, homemade, local, native food, nettle beer, spring