Nettle – The Iron, Magnesium, and Calcium Super Booster
Stinging nettle (urtica dioica) is wild herb. The plant family has six subspecies, most of which have hollow stinging hairs. When they touch skin, they create a stinging or burning sensation.
The plant originates from Europe, cooler regions of Asia, and western North Africa. Thanks to its adaptability, it has spread worldwide, the most common places being Northern countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada, and the United States. It grows in various environments, often in the countryside and on the sides of roads. It typically grows from spring to fall, but not in the winter.
The leaves and stem of the plant are extremely nutritious and great for cooking. In fact, they have been used as a medicine, as well as for tea and food for centuries. Before eating, they should prepared with the following simple steps:
- Quickly rinse them with cold water to clean them from any soil, leaves, or bugs.
- Put them in boiling water for a couple of minutes, to break down the stinging hairs.
- Drain the water out, rinse with cold water, and squeeze the excess water out of the leaves.
It is extremely rich in various essential nutrients. It is a superb source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. Amazingly, it has 3-4 times more calcium than milk (per 100g), and double the amount of iron and magnesium as spinach.
It can be enjoyed fresh or frozen, or in the form of nettle powder or tea.
One of the easiest and most sustainable ways to enjoy this wild herb is in the form of nettle powder.
This wild nettle powder is loaded with iron, magnesium, fibers, and other essential micronutrients. Most importantly, it has one of the highest plant-based amounts of calcium and 3x higher than milkioxidants. Finnish wild herbs have been sustainably growing under the Arctic midnight sun for thousands of years. These are the nettles we collect to craft our products for you. Add this superfood to your daily diet and boost your overall health. Your body will be very thankful!
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