Old Tree Brewery, SILO, 39 Upper Gardener Street, Brighton, BN14AN
Nettle Iced Tea
We forage nettles from as soon as they come up in the spring til the late winter when they die back. To our ancestors they were such a valuable crop, as this quote recollects: "Nettles were once tithed, they have so many uses: medicine, food, fodder, fertiliser, beer, dye, fibre for thread, nets, durable cloth, paper, hair restorer, aphrodisiac and smoke!" They are perhaps the most versatile of all plants ubiquitous in Britain.
Our Nettle cordial is the best creation we are yet to make from them and we are experimenting with old recipe's for Nettle Beer.
Its part of our mission to reconnect people with the kingdom of plants and over-riding the bad reputation nettles have earned with their status of 'irritating weeds' over the past century or two is part of this.
Contact us if you want to be involved in putting Nettles to good use again!