how to dry purple dead nettle for tea

how to dry purple dead nettle for tea

How To Dry Purple Dead Nettle For Tea

The Purple Nettle is a nutritious, wild edible plant that has many medicinal uses, including making a delicious herbal tea. To make a cup of this tea, it is important to properly dry the Purple Nettle. This guide will give steps for drying Purple Nettle for tea.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Fresh Purple Nettle leaves
  • Baking sheets
  • Oven or food dehydrator
  • Paper bag or airtight container

Step One: Harvest the Nettle

Pick fresh nettle leaves when they are at their most flavorful and crunchy. This is normally right before the buds start to open and the plant starts to flower. Don’t include stems, as they can be bitter and too tough to chew.

Step Two: Rinse the Leaves

Once you’ve collected your fresh nettle leaves, rinse them under cold, running water to get rid of any dirt or debris. Then, gently pat the leaves dry with a paper towel.

Step Three: Spread Out the Leaves

Lay the nettle leaves out on baking sheets. Make sure that the leaves are not overlapping and that there is a bit of space between them. This will allow for even drying.

Step Four: Dry the Leaves

To dry the leaves, preheat the oven to its lowest setting (typically around 150°F) or use a food dehydrator. Place the baking sheets in the oven or food dehydrator and leave them in for 2 to 3 hours, until the leaves are completely dry.

Step Five: Store the Leaves

Once the leaves are dry, store them in an airtight container or paper bag in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. The leaves will keep for up to a year.

Step Six: Make the Tea

To make the tea, steep 1 teaspoon of dried Purple Nettle leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy!

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