Nettles Pesto with Reishi and Pine Pollen

Nettles Pesto with Reishi and Pine Pollen

One of my favorite things to do in Spring is collect stinging nettles. Nettles are an amazing herb that stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity, reduces inflammation, lessens allergic rhinitis, decrease histamine reactions, contains high amounts of iron, chlorophyll, magnesium and essential amino acids. Combined with Reishi, Pine Pollen and garlic this is a powerhouse of a medicinal snack! Reishi is also known for regulating the immune system and lowering the histamine reaction. Pine Pollen also has a strengthening effect on the immune system and can be helpful with allergies.


8 cups of fresh nettles
1 cup cashews(walnuts or pine nuts)
5 garlic cloves
Juice of half a lemon 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup organic olive oil
1 tsp Reishi powder

2-3 tsp Pine Pollen
1/2 cup yeast flakes or Parmesan (vegan/non vegan)

Rinse the nettles off in cool water. Blanch the nettles in boiling water for 2 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend. Add more oil if needed.
Use on top of noodles, toast, gnocchi or just as a dip!