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Kinteata nettle soup recipe is the most popular soup recipe that runs the soup spectrum of Pontic Greek cuisine. The word kinteata (κιντέατα) derives from the ancient Greek noun knidi (κνίδη) that means ‘itching’! Kinteata was especially popular among Pontic Greeks during religious fasting periods.
Nettles prefer moist areas in wildlands and they thrive in areas surrounding springs, rivers, and lakes.
Stinging nettles grow in abundance in Greece; they are best eaten in late autumn, winter, and spring before they flower.
Nettles are rich in nutrients.
In order to harvest stinging nettles from the wild, you should wear gardening gloves and use garden scissors.
Stinging nettle dried leaves and seeds are used to make herbal tea.
If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, and you are on a gluten-free diet, you can rest assured that kinteata soup is gluten-free.