Nettle chips are tasty, crispy and best of all.. Almost free! These healthy chips are also really easy to make and you can harvest the whole plant and use for many different purposes if you like, but you need only nettle leaves for the chips. Nettle is rich in Vitamin A, C, D, K, calcium, iron and a protein.
Best time to harvest nettles is in late spring, before they begin to flower. Be sure to harvest nettles from clean areas only, avoid places near highways, industrial areas and places where people spray weed killers. Weed killers are often used in the streets and parks of many towns and cities, also some people spray it around their yards.
Nettle grows wild almost all over the world and it can be harvested for free. Nettle stings because it has tiny spines that has formic acid and other chemicals mixed with it, which causes the burning and stinging sensation when skin contacts with the plant. The sensation stays for a while so I recommend to use gloves when harvesting nettles, also plastic bag and a pair of scissors will be necessary tools for harvesting nettles. Remember also to protect your legs and arms!
When nettle is dried, cooked or crushed it will lose the stinging and you can eat it without the burning sensation. That’s why we will dry it with dehydrator or in oven, if you don’t own dehydrator.
After you have collected nettles rinse them really well with cold water to remove possible dirt from them and dry them gently with towel or salad spinner.
- One liter of nettle leaves
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pinch of salt
- pinch of pepper
- Mix salt and pepper with olive oil and massage gently to nettles (remember to protect your hands from stinging!).
- Put the nettles for approximately 8 hours at 42 degrees Celsius into the dehydrator, you can also use your oven to dry your nettle chips.
I really love to snack nettle chips instead of regular ones, these taste amazing! Also you don’t have to worry about eating these too much, because these chips are so healthy and natural.
Have you ever tried nettle chips? Have you ever used nettle for cooking?