Wild watercress and nettles are sprouting in Wisconsin, and they are quite the culinary treat!
High in calcium, iron, vitamin c, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, vitamin E, vitamin K, lutein, b vitamins, and many more, watercress is rich in potent antioxidants that help to fight cancer. It’s been found to help smokers or those exposed to secondhand smoke excrete the toxins found in cigarettes via urine more rapidly.
Stinging nettles are my go-to safe alternative to allergy drugs. They help hayfever and any type of allergies, supporting the immune system and anti-inflammatory response naturally, instead of just covering up symptoms like drugs. This plant has been used for prostate problems, PMS, asthma, bronchitis, sciatica, tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, gout, hives, kidney stones, sciatica, high blood pressure, & eczema. Just about one cup of this veggie will give you half the calcium you need for the day, with good amounts of magnesium, manganese, iron, b vitamins, vitamin k, beta carotene, and potassium.
Both greens are great for anemia, helping support detoxification and liver health, and for arthritis. Note: Be careful not to touch the nettles without gloves- they bite!
2 cups MSG-free vegetable broth
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or organic butter
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 bunch of watercress
1 bunch of nettles
2 medium potatoes, peeled & chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
¼ cup organic whole plain yogurt, extra to garnish (eliminate to make vegan)
Sprinkle of chives to garnish
Himalayan salt & black pepper to taste
Bring the broth to a boil, and add the potatoes. Meanwhile in a large saucepan, heat the butter/oil over medium heat. Add the nettles, watercress, and onions. Turn heat down a bit and cook until the onions are translucent. Once your potatoes are tender, add the cooked greens mixture to the pot and boil for a couple minutes. Place in your food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add the yogurt, then season to taste with the salt & pepper. Ladle into bowls immediately and enjoy!
Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH
Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutrition/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide
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