Nettles Pesto with Reishi
One of my favorite things to do in Spring is collect stinging nettles. Nettles are an amazing herb that stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity, reduces inflammation, lessens allergic rhinitis, decrease histamine reactions, contains high amounts of iron, chlorophyll, magnesium and essential amino acids. Combined with Reishi and garlic this is a powerhouse of a medicinal snack! Reishi is also known for regulating the immune system and lowering the histamine reaction
Just be careful when harvesting!
8 cups of fresh nettles
1 cup cashews(walnuts or pine nuts)
5 garlic cloves
Juice of half a lemon 🍋
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup organic olive oil
1 tsp Reishi powder
1/2 cup yeast flakes or Parmesan (vegan/non vegan)
Rinse the nettles off in cool water. Blanch the nettles in boiling water for 2 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend. Add more oil if needed.
We ate this on top of gluten free pasta with sautéed shiitakes, it was divine!