Nettle and Goutweed Soup. Nõgese- ja naadisupp

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Weed Soup. Nõgesesupp

The World is strange. Estonian woman squishing snails with rainboots heels , but only few hundred kilometers to the south there’s another woman preparing an appetizing dish out of those same snails. Gardeners all over the world are cussing those pesky creatures but the Estonian woman would simply pluck the weeds and….would use the outcome to cook a delicious meal

I am not going to talk about the benefits of nettles, wood sorrel, dandelion leaves and goutweed. You can read this from Wikipedia:) But believe me, they are healthy. The first  source of vitamins in spring.

Goutweed tastes like carrots and celery. Nettles are a  bit sweet. Dandelion tastes like honey,. And wood sorrel is sour.
Nettles need to be kept in the boiling water 1-2 minutes. Goutweed and wood sorrel are eatable when fresh.

NB! Use only young, fresh, new, small weeds, grown in a pure and clean environment.

I added a soundrack a song that was very popular few years ago. Because of its good lines and rhymes and this nice summer feeling it creats:
seal ei ole pangaautomaati, on vaid naati palju naati
/In a village far away, there is no bank ATM, only goutweed,  lots of goutweed/
saada pruuniks teiseks juuniks
/to get a tan by  June 2/

Nettle/ Nõges
Dandelion/ Võilill

Nettle and Goutweed soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light, spring soup from first green.

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Weed Soup. Nõgesesupp


  • 1/2 glass of rice or barley groats
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 4-5 potatoes
  • 300 g greens ( nettle, goutweed, wood sorrel, dandelion leaves, thistle)
  • butter
  • salt, parsley, pepper
  • for serving: boiled egg and sour cream


  1. Cut vegetables in to the cubes
  2. heat in the butter carrot, onion and rice. Add boiling water
  3. Cook while carrot and rice are half ready, add sliced potatoes
  4. when potato is ready, add by hot water washed and strained weed
  5. Cook 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve with boiled egg and sour cream
  7. Head isu!

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Weed Soup. Nõgesesupp

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18 thoughts on “Nettle and Goutweed Soup. Nõgese- ja naadisupp

  1. I come from a family where in our field and in the surrounding woods we use to collect and eat many wild things: dandelion, chicory, wild asparagus, bladder campion leaves, wild garlic, rampion, goosefoot, and many mushrooms 🙂

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  2. A really nice post. I remember nettles stinging my hands when I took walks with my family in the forests of Washington state. But I’ve had them since, mostly in the form of pesto. Love your soup recipe!

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  3. The ingredients sound so new to me and yet so amusing…the soup looks so warm and refreshing..So glad you you brought this to the Fiesta Friday party..


  4. That’s a perfect pairing, the song, visiting your grandfolks by the beach village and your soup — the simple life! When I was growing up we gathered “hapu oblikad ” for soup (Estonians transplanted to North America). I never figured out the English for that, but it WAS a weed that grew in yard grass. Also had barley and topped with crushed boiled egg and sour cream! Now I’ll try your recipe – thanks for reminding me of weedsoup!


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