Cream of Weed Soup - April

This recipe can be easily adapted to the edible weeds in your garden at any time of year.


1 Colander full of nettle tops, loosely packed
1 colander of comfrey, ground elder, sorrel and garlic mustard (Jack by the Hedge)
1 potato, washed and chopped
1 onion, chopped

You can have a carrot too if you want.

Fry onion for a few minutes in olive oil, then add the potato and chopped greens and steam-fry on a low heat for five minutes or so. Add water or stock (marmite or vegemite are ideal) and simmer till everything is tender. Liquidise, add salt and pepper to tase and more liquid if needed, then stir in a cup of cream, creme fraiche or natural yoghurt. Serves 4.

This recipe was taken from Plants with Purpose.

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Lady Ridley's Nettle Soup

Why not try Lady Ridley's nettle soup recipe?
Let us know what you think or tell us your own favourite nettle recipe.

1 lb potatoes
½ lb young nettles
2 oz butter
1½ pts chicken or vegetable stock
sea salt & black pepper
4 tablespoons sour cream

Cook the peeled, chopped potatoes for 10 mins in salted water. Drain.
Wash & chop coarsely the nettles (Only pick the new, young tops,using gloves!)
Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the nettles and stew gently for a few minutes. Add the
potatoes and heated stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until tender.
When all is soft, cool slightly & purée in a blender, adding seasoning and the sour cream.

I hope you enjoy the nettle soup. The hardest work is picking the nettles. Half a pound is a lot of small leaves, but it is fun to do, in season, once a year.