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Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather

This recipe is one of my own concoctions. The idea came to me while pondering on what I could do with the nettle residue you are left with, when making Stinging Nettle Cordial. That recipe uses 200g of Nettles, and once they have steeped you discard them, which seems such a waste, so I got my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with!

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

My kids absolutely love fruit leather, we make it often and have shared recipes with you in the past - both in a traditional snack form with our Apple and Plum Fruit Leather, and also in the slightly grosser guise of Edible Fruit Scabs. It really is an easy, healthy snack to make, and vastly superior to the over-priced shop bought varieties.

We used.....

The leftover strained nettles from our Nettle Cordial (which was originally 200g of nettle tops)
4 large Bramley Apples
4 Large Pears
300mls Water

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

The cordial that the nettle residue came from contained citric acid. If I was making the leather with fresh nettles, and there's no reason why you shouldn't, I would probably add the juice of a lemon. The cordial also had a very high sugar content, so I felt our puree was sweet enough, but the leather can be sweetened to taste.

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

Wash, core and cut your fruit into chunks. I didn't bother peeling ours on this occasion. Add the nettles and water and cook until soft, then puree the mixture with a handheld blender. If you want to add sugar, honey or another sweetener to taste do it now.

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

I use food wrap to line my trays as I find the finished leather peels off much more easily than with paper. Pour the puree on to the sheet and stick it into a cool oven set as low as you can - you are aiming to dry it, not cook it. It can take anything from about 8hrs to about 16hrs to totally dry out – I gave ours about 6 hours in the bottom of our Aga, then left it out overnight, covered with a mesh food cover, to finish drying.

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

As you can see from the pictures, this leather has a very rustic appearance. I was slightly concerned that the kids would take one look at it and refuse to try it, but they absolutely love it. In fact, I am having to be careful that they don't eat too much of it in one sitting, bearing in mind that nettles are a new addition to their diet!

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

I would love to know what you think of our recipe, and whether it's something you will be trying. Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with a recipe for them, which the kids are so keen to eat.

 

Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with this recipe for Stinging Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather, which the kids are so keen to eat.

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  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    My kids loved fruit leather when they were young. I think that it is so cool that you use plants to make up your recipes. But stinging nettle, the only thing about it I know it to stay out of it. I learned that at a young age. LOL
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    February 26, 2017 at 11:05 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I used to be a bit wary of stinging nettles too Linda, but that’s why they are great for foraging – you can always identify them!

      March 7, 2017 at 8:07 am
  • Reply Kellie

    I have never seemed to have success with making my own. Yours looks so good! Kudos to you for your success. I should try again.
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    February 22, 2017 at 2:17 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is such a great snack for kids Kellie, mine love it – let me know if you try it again 🙂

      February 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    We don’t really have stinging nettles in South Africa, but I’m very keen to try make some of these with our own indigenous edible plants. We call them vrugte rollitjies here and my kids love them. It’s such a lovely snack and so healthy too.
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    February 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is a great snack, and perfect for carrying around. In your climate it must be easy to dry them too. I’d love to see what fruits and plants you have available to you – you’ll have to make some Michelle and show us:)

      February 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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