Traditionally nettle syrup is used to clean the blood, but it is even tastier and more refreshing if mixed with sparkling water and some ice. Learn how to make one.
This juice is good against rheumatism and arthritis, and because of nettle’s high content of iron, it can be used in the fight against anemia.
Even those who have asthma and skin problems are drinking it. Also, it is believed to prevent respiratory and urinary problems, and hair loss.
You do not have to always dilute it with water, you can just sprinkle it over your pancakes.
The simplest nettle syrup
You will need: 1 kg of young nettles leaves, 2.5 liters of water and sugar (500 g for every 500 ml of fluid).
Wash and drain the nettle leaves, and soak them in water and simmer on medium heat for about an hour, adding boiling water. Strain and add sugar and stir until completely melted. Pour the resulting syrup into a glass bottles and seal them. (With the nettle leaves you can add berry leaves in 1: 1 ratio).
Nettles, honey and lemon
Prepare: 400 grams of fresh young nettle leaves, juice of 6 large lemons, 800 grams of sugar, 5 spoonfuls of clover honey and 1 liter of filtered water.
There is one trick, if you do not like the idea of this much sugar. You can replace it with honey, but only a part of it, say 300 grams – replace with 1 kg of honey, but do not cook and add the cooled syrup. Thus obtained juice has a shorter shelf life.
Wash and chop the nettle leaves. Pour water into a saucepan and put sugar (say half brown, half white). Put everything on the stove to cook, and stir it occasionally (when boiled let it simmer for 5 minutes). If there is foam on the surface, remove it with a spoon.
Put the nettle in a bowl and pour the sugar syrup. Cover it with a plate and press harder with a large cup or glass jar. Leave it for 10 minutes. Now add the lemon juice and honey. With your hands keep squeezing the juice and separating the nettle. When you get the syrup, strain it through a sieve if necessary and the job is done. Pour the syrup into sterilized bottles, close and leave them in a cold and dark place.