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!


Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - cut up and ready 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

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.

Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - leftover nettles from nettle cordial

Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - prepared fruit

Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - cook fruit until soft enough to puree

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.

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.

Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - Pureed fruit ready for drying

Nettle. Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - spread out on pans for drying

Nettle. Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - dried out sheet ready to cut

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!


Nettle, Apple and Pear Fruit Leather - ready 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.

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  • Reply Beverly

    I hate to admit it, but I had to google stinging nettles. It’s not something I’m familiar with. I think it’s great that you’ve found a way to use the residue. Thanks for joining us at Social Boost Monday and sharing your recipe.

    May 31, 2016 at 1:52 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thank you Beverly. I wonder if its too warm for them to grown in your part of the States – we have them everywhere here! Thanks for having us :)

      May 31, 2016 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Mickey

    This look’s so easy to do, love the idea! Pinned!
    xoxo Mickey

    May 31, 2016 at 1:42 am
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I am amazed by both these projects, the cordial and the leather. But even more amazed at the things you’ve shared with us about the stinging nettles, and that you’ve taken the time to learn about it’s nutritious values. I know that I shouldn’t be surprised by anything you do, but I am. I love how brave you are, you decide to do something and you go at it with a gusto that I envy!
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    May 31, 2016 at 12:47 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Oh Nikki, your comment bought a tear to my eyes – what a lovely thing to say :) I, like everyone, definitely have my doubting moments, but when it comes down to it, if you want to achieve something, you have to pull your finger out and get on with it. I know you know this better than most xxx

      May 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply Honest Mum

    Wow how original are these, love the idea of fruit leather (and the taste) although I’ve never made my own x
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    May 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      We were really pleased with our recipe – I think it may be an original craft invaders one!

      May 30, 2016 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Gina

    This is so cool!!! I never would have thought that you could make fruit leather from stinging nettles! Your foraging skills are so enviable! I need to get a move on it and start foraging soon! :)

    May 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’m only just a beginner Gina, but am loving learning more about wild plants – I’ve definitely got the bug!

      May 30, 2016 at 12:16 am
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