For you that want to put that wondrous touch of the wild into your Iftar/Sehur smoothie, I’ve got just the thing. It is a recipe from my cookbook Orient Expressed and it will fuel up your body with blood-purifying and cell-rebuilding vitamins and minerals (iron, potassium and silica, pro-vitamin A, the vitamin B complex, vitamin K1 and vitamin C) that (oh so stinging!) that wild herb nettle holds.
If you are struggling with any of the following inflammatory conditions (allergies, asthma, skin rashes, arthritis, kidney and urinary tract problems, hemorrhoids, bleeding gums etc.) and would like to see them improved during this Ramadan, nettle is your herb. Go into nature and pick it – its young tops are to be preferred to the older leaves (please wear gloves!).
And not to worry – this refreshing smoothie has taken away all the sting from this wonderous plant – only healing mildness is left. On the wild side.
Purifying and fueling.
1 C. fresh nettle leaves, loosely packed
1 C. frozen banana chunks
1 C. grapefruit chunks
½ C. fresh baby spinach
1 C. filtered water
Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Serve immediately. Serves 1-2.