Interesting ingredients take the sting out of everyday cooking, we asked Margot Janse about cooking with nettle.
What does nettle taste like?
Nettle is earthy and fresh at the same time. As soon as heat is applied the sting dissipates. When cooked it turns into a very soft purée that is delicious combined with Jerusalem artichokes; they come into season at the same time so it’s meant to be!
What dishes do you use it in?
It’s often used to make soup, but it’s also great paired with root vegetables like parsnips and celeriac bulb. I love it mixed with Parmesan in potato gnocchi, and in Holland it’s often used to flavour cheese.