Cooking up nettle soup in April — Wild food foraging by bike
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
0.50 mi in total
Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps
You may need to carry your bike.
11 yd in total
Mountain Biking Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Bike Touring Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
June 9, 2020
Come springtime, stinging nettles are usually the off-road rider’s worst enemy. It’s just about warm enough to break out the shorts, but you end up with prickly rash from the trail invaders instead! They’re very abundant, which although not so helpful for the skin, makes foraging for wild nettles very simple indeed. You may have heard of nettle tea, but nettle soup is also really great. It’s naturally high in both Vitamins A, C and Iron, as well as an impressive 5.5% protein. Harvest your nettles with care (thick gardening gloves are best) in the early spring from March to early June, and gather only the top portion where the youngest leaves grow on each plant. With some tender handling and a simple soup recipe, you can turn this trail menace into something very nutritious, and free!It goes without saying that nettles are easy to find. Woodland floors, river valleys, hedgerows and usually along the sides of your favourite trails. Here I’ve included a route from the city of Leeds from local cycling group Half Day CC including some of their favourite urban trails that’ll definitely have their fair share of nettles! From the train station at the centre, this 26.5 mile (42.7 km) loop is the perfect taste of ‘urban gravel’, visiting parks and common land within and just outside the city. Enjoy the fun berms of the blue line at Leeds Urban Bike Park, explore Middleton Park Woods, the peaceful Rothwell Greenway, a section of the leafy Trans Pennine Trail and then back into the centre alongside the River Aire. Along a route this varied, you’re sure to find nettles in the springtime!
June 10, 2020