Magazine article Sunset

What's in Season?: Nettles

Magazine article Sunset

What's in Season?: Nettles

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USING

Nettle leaves - that's the part you eat - are richly flavored, with a soft texture like spinach, and are high in vitamin A. They turn dark when cooked.

FINDING

Look for cultivated and foraged stinging nettles at farmers' markets into early summer, or pick your own.

HANDLING

Wear gloves to protect hands from "stinging" hairs on raw leaves and stalks. Cooked nettles are safe to touch.

make it tonight

Nettle pizza

SERVES 4 | 1 HOUR

2 qts. (4 ox.) lightly packed stinging nettle Leaves or baby spinach leaves

2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

3 tbsp. olive oil, divided

½ tsp. pepper

¼ to ½ tsp. red chile flakes

1 lb. pizza dough (such as Trader Joe's)

1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Salt (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 450° with rack on bottom. Wearing tong gloves, rinse nettles well. Drain.

2. SizzLe garlic a few seconds in 1 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add nettles and sauté until wilted, 2 to 5 minutes. …

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