September 22, 2021

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Ukrainian soup of wild nettle – Etnocook


NOTettle it has been widely used by Ukrainians since ancient times. Being a very common plant near homes and in meadows, nettle was used as a food. Traditional Etnocook cuisine has rebuilt one of the ethnic recipes of the known wild sting Nettle Soup.

For food Ukrainian ancestors used young wild green leaves, best harvested in early spring. However, in the other seasons nettle is also good and is more similar to green leafy vegetables, moreover, richer in proteins. Nettle leaves contain a high level of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), riboflavin (vitamin B2), tocopherols (vitamin E), vitamin K1, vitamin A, pantothenic acid, iron, potassium, manganese, calcium.

Furthermore, the Ukrainian ethnic cuisine Etnocook points out that nettle has always been and still is a traditional folk medicine for treating and preventing various diseases, and is also used for detoxification of the body.

Nettle leaf tea even today is used as a mild diuretic and to stop urinary tract infections. It is good for sodium-induced water retention and is known for its ability to lower blood pressure.

Soup with nettle it is very light and healthy. Step-by-step photo recipe from Ukrainian cuisine Etnocook tells how to make a bowl of this tasty traditional meal in several variations.

In the life of the Ukrainian ancestors, nettles were so important that they occupied an important place in folklore. It was associated with dark power, however, at the same time, the ancient Ukrainians kept dried plants to scare away evil spirits. There are many aphorisms, proverbs and wise quotes, such as “Even for the nettles there will be frosts”, “Sometimes a lily grows among the nettles” and many others.

Delicious Ukrainian nettle soup

A recipe and a story about how to cook a light and ancient Slavic soup using wild herb nettles

  • you can take any type of broth, meat or vegetable
  • however, nettle is a popular home treatment for seasonal allergies, be careful when touching the nettle plant as it can cause an allergic rash

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Nutritional values: Calories: 240 kcal / 100 g ; Fat: 14 grams; Known since then: ancient times ;


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Step One: Prepare all the ingredients for the wild nettle soup

Prepare all the ingredients for Nettle Soup, Etnocook’s ethnic recipe. Carefully collect wild nettle in the ecological region, avoid industrial places and near the road. Wash all vegetables, vegetables and eggs with cold water.

Step two: prepare the nettle leaves

Take only the best juicy green leaves and remember Etnocook’s advice not to take the stem of plants, as they are usually very tough.

Step Three: Eliminate the nettle sting

Simmer the nettle leaves with hot water for one minute to make them softer and get rid of the sting

Step four: cut vegetables and greens

Chop the cabbage, dill, parsley, spring onions and garlic.

Step Five: Cut the nettle leaves

Drain the water and cut the nettles. Etnocook draws your attention to the fact that the leaves no longer sting.

Step six: add the cabbage

Heat the broth in a large pot and add the cabbage. Cook the vegetables for 10 minutes, over medium heat, under the lid. The cabbage cook for 5 min.

Add the nettles and vegetables, cook them for another 5 minutes on low heat under the lid.

Etnocook’s advice is: after turning off the heat, let the soup rest for an hour before it is served.

Step 7: Serve the Etnocook Nettle Soup

Serve the Ukrainian ethnic nettle soup hot, add sour cream to taste. Optionally add half of a hard-boiled egg, sour cream, unsweetened yogurt.