Nettles are an amazing superfood, available in many of our gardens and backyards. This nettle recipe does up the edible weed Japanese style, with a little soy sauce and sesame seeds.
3large double handfuls fresh stinging nettleabout half a shopping bag
2Tbspwhite sesame seeds
soy sauce/tamari or salt
Blanch the nettle in boiling water for 30 sec to 1 minute (this eliminates the sting). If you don't have a sieve that fits inside a pot (for cooking pasta), I've been finding tongs very useful. Plunge into cold water and squeeze out water when cool enough to handle.
Toast sesame seeds over medium heat - they will start to brown and smell toasted when ready. You can sprinkle the seeds on the nettle as is, or you can work the sesame in a mortar and pestle and add enough soy sauce/tamari to make a paste.
Eat together and savour the nutritious deliciousness!