Foraged Nettle Smoothie – Medicinal Blends
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Foraged Nettle Smoothie

Foraged Nettle Smoothie


  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 small banana or 1/2 of a large banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup of blanched stinging nettle leaves 
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 avocado


1. Prepare the nettles

Harvest the nettle plants carefully with gloved hands. Collect the nettles with tongs and put them into the boiling water. Stir around and boil for 2 minutes for dwarf nettles and about 4 minutes for common nettles. Remove them with tongs and immediately immerse them into a big bowl with ice water. 

See Harvesting Nettle's post for more information.

2. Add coconut milk, nettle leaves, banana, pineapple, cucumber, and avocado, blend till smooth


  • You can reduce the calorie count using light coconut milk (homemade coconut milk is usually much lighter). You can also use less pineapple and more cucumber. 
  • Nettle plants will become fibrous when they flower, so it's best to choose young plants. Smaller, younger plants are sweeter and more tender. I usually only choose the top leaves of nettle plants before they flower and remove all large stems.
  • You can substitute pineapple for any fruit you like (Strawberry, Mango, Raspberries, etc.)