Foraged, Tropical, Stinging Nettle Smoothie
  • CourseBeverages
  • CuisineHealthy
  • Special DietDairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1dash coconut milkhomemade is great for this sort of recipe!
  • 1/4 Cucumbers(peeled and cubed, optional)
  • 1/2 avocadoesoptional, for a creamier smoothie
  • 1handfulls stinging nettle leaves(work up to 2 or more, if you like.)
  1. Harvest the stinging nettle plants carefully with gloved hands. You can either clean them and use them immediately, or let them wilt overnight to reduce the sting factor while working with them.
  2. Clean the nettle plants in a salad spinner, or carefully in the sink. Rinse several times before removing excess water. If using a larger plant, you can remove the stems and just use the leaves. It’s best to use smaller, younger plants that are sweeter and more tender, though, and I just harvest the top part and throw it all in the blender.
  3. Add the banana, pineapple chunks, a dash of coconut milk, and a handful of nettle leaves to the blender and blend all of the ingredients well. Make sure to blend long enough to end up with a smooth mixture as once they are well shredded and blended, the nettle plants will no longer sting.
  4. Optionally add peeled cucumber chunks to the smoothie to lighten it up and make it less sweet. You can also add avocado to make a creamier smoothie.