Also known as the Common Nettle or Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica is the most prominent member of the nettle family and can be found in North Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Nettles are particularly good for blending with other aromatic or flavorful tisanes such as mint, hibiscus, and licorice root. Though equipped with defensive stinging hairs, the nettle plant has been used for centuries by many traditional cultures as both a nutritional food and a cleansing and restorative herbal tonic.
Nettles grow best in rich soil near streams and moist woodlands. Because of their stinging hairs, they must be harvested using protective gloves. However, when the leaves are dried, they no longer sting.
Rich, earthy and smooth, nettles infuse to a beautiful green-gold liquor with a slightly minty, herbaceous flavor and aroma.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started. Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
|Water Temp °F (°C)||Steep Time (minutes)||Number of Infusions||Quantity of Leaf (tsp / 8oz water)|