banner
alive logo
foodfamilylifestylebeautysustainabilityhealthimmunity

Mint, Melon, and Nettle Refresher

Serves 4.

    Share

    Mint, Melon, and Nettle Refresher

    A cold tea featuring a weed may sound about as enticing as a grass clipping spritzer, but don’t fear. Honeydew melon, boiled to extract its sweetness, makes this tea as easy on the tongue as it is on the tummy. Plus, any leftover nettles can be boiled and eaten in place of spinach in just about any dish.

    Advertisement

    Soothing herbs Members of the mint family fight bloating and indigestion, and once you use boiling water to take the bite out of stinging nettle, you’ll find this weed has a lot to offer. It’s been used to treat joint and muscle pain and is full of vitamin A and calcium.

    Watch out Be sure any plants you grow or harvest from the wild have been identified correctly and haven’t been sprayed with pesticides or exposed to pollutants such as car exhaust.

    Advertisement

    Mint, Melon, and Nettle Refresher

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh mint leaves, tightly packed, plus extra for ice cubes
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) stinging nettle leaves, loosely packed (be sure to handle uncooked nettles with gloves)
    • 1 heaping cup (250 mL) honeydew melon, peeled and cubed
    • Stevia (optional)

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories19
    • protein0g
    • fat0g
      • saturated fat0g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates5g
      • sugars4g
      • fibre0g
    • sodium18mg

    Directions

    01

    Place mint and nettle in jug or jar that holds at least 4 cups (1 L).

    02

    In covered medium pot, bring 4 2/3 cups (1.16 L) water and melon to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer covered for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 2 minutes.

    03

    Pour up to 4 cups (1 L) liquid and melon pieces over mint and nettle leaves; reserve leftover melon water. Steep tea for 10 minutes.

    04

    Strain out solids and return tea to jar. Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours.

    05

    While tea is chilling, prepare ice cubes by pouring leftover melon water into ice cube trays, adding mint leaves, and freezing.

    06

    Serve chilled tea over ice and sweeten to taste with stevia if desired.

    Advertisement
    Ad
    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    READ THIS NEXT

    SEE MORE »
    Freeze-Ahead Breakfast Wraps with Sweet Potato, Red Pepper, and Spinach
    Mussels with Tomato, Saffron, and Fennel

    Mussels with Tomato, Saffron, and Fennel

    B12-rich mussels are a very good and economical source of protein and iron. Steamed mussels are a classic way to enjoy seafood—and so is this rich, aromatic broth of tomato, fennel, and saffron. Be sure to allow saffron to fully infuse to get the full flavour benefit, and finish off the dish with the fragrant fennel fronds. Sustainability status Farmed mussels are considered highly sustainable due to their low impacts on the environment. They are easy to harvest, require no fertilizer or fresh water, and don’t need to be fed externally, as they get all their nutritional requirements from their marine environment. Mussel prep Selection: Look for mussels with shiny, tightly closed shells that smell of the sea. If shells are slightly open, give them a tap. Live mussels will close immediately. Storage: Keep mussels in the fridge in a shallow pan laid on top of ice. Keep them out of water and cover with a damp cloth. Ideally, consume on the day you buy them, but within two days. They need to breathe, so never keep them in a sealed plastic bag. Cleanup: In addition to being sustainable, farmed mussels tend to require less cleaning than wild mussels. Most of the fibrous “beards” that mussels use to grip solid surfaces will have been removed before sale. But if a few remain, they’re easily dispatched: grasp the beard with your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward the hinge of the mussel and give it a tug. Afterward, give mussels a quick rinse and scrub away any areas of mud or seaweed, which, with farmed mussels, will require minimal work.