Healing Nettle Walnut Pesto

This pesto is extremely effective as a healing treatment for allergies or a cold.

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1/2 lb fresh nettles
4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 tsp kosher or fine sea salt
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup extra virgin or virgin olive oil
1/4 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add a generous pinch of salt. Using gloves, carefully add nettles to the pot of water and blanch for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. This removes the sting from the nettles. Drain and let cool slightly. Wrap in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out excess moisture. Coarsely chop and set aside.

2. In a food processor, add the garlic, walnuts, and salt and process until finely chopped, but not yet a paste. Add nettles and lemon juice and process. Turn on food processor and slowly add in olive oil until fully incorporated, and a thick paste forms. Add the cheese and pulse briefly to mix. Taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary. If the garlic flavor is too intense, remove the paste from the food processor and cook in a fry pan over medium-high heat until garlic is just fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Do not burn the garlic. Allow to cool and store in a sealed glass or ceramic container in the fridge.

3. Finished pesto can be used over pasta, as an addition to soups and stews, in salad dressings, and as a spread for sandwiches. Can be mixed with goat cheese as a topping for crostini or on top of pizza or focaccia bread.

Additional Comments:

The lectin chemicals in nettle have been documented to show anti-viral properties, and the flavonoids in the leaves have been shown to increase immune system response. Nettle is a well known anti-inflammatory that has been used for centuries to tread colds, allergies, and arthritis.
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease inflammation, and may be related to cancer prevention. Of all the nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of antioxidants.
Garlic is a well known natural antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, and recent studies have shown it lowers cholesterol and may be beneficial to the heart.
Magickally, garlic and nettle are both used in protection and healing magick. Walnuts are used in healing and mental clarity magick.
Nettles should only be harvested in early spring, before they flower. If you are able to forage for them in the springtime, you can blanche them, dry thoroughly, and freeze, and they will last for a few months without losing their healing properties. Other times of the year, mustard greens would be an appropriate magickal substitute, as they are used for protection from illness in magick. Medical studies have shown mustard greens also contain anti-inflammatory properties, and can also help lower cholesterol.

This dish is best served on the following occasions:

healing, mental clarity

This dish carries energies for the following magical purposes:

Attribution: Submitted by Limula Moreine

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