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Recipe: Nettle and hemp seed pate

Written by Tracy Gaibisso | Wednesday, 26 July 2023

Recipes naturopathy nutrition

With nettles in abundance at the moment it’s a great time to make some nettle dishes. Nettles, while not commonly used in the kitchen, can help with a range of health conditions including arthritis, hair loss and blood sugar control. Read more about the benefits of this often overlooked herb. Naturopath and Endeavour academic, Tracy Gaibisso has created this wonderful five-minute recipe for us.

Once you have gathered some nettle tops from your garden (if you are collecting from a park, ensure you know that the council hasn’t sprayed them), you’re ready to create this delicious pate that’s full of minerals and make for a perfect snack at any time of the day.


  • 2 cups of fresh nettle leaves washed and dried. (Gather the nettles with gloves and a pair of tongs, cut the leaves from the stems and gently rinse in water and dry in a salad spinner)
  • 1 cup rocket or spinach
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil or a handful of fresh
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Blend the cashews with the oil in a blender/Thermomix until chopped.
  2. Add all other ingredients and blitz for 2 minutes or until it is at the consistency that you like.
  3. Sprinkle with a few extra hemp or pumpkin seeds and enjoy with chopped veggies as a dip, on gluten free crackers, as a soup or casserole topper, or with pasta as a sauce.

Lasts in the fridge for 5-7 days so can be used whenever you need a healthy snack.

Nettle tip: Plant some nettles in your garden! Once you have nettles they will come up every year offering you free food.

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Tracy Gaibisso

Tracy has been in clinical practice as a herbalist and Naturopath since 2002 with a special interest in pre-conception, fertility, women's hormones and reproductive health. In addition to her naturopathic qualifications, she has completed post-graduate training in wellness and has a Masters in reproductive medicine. She also currently sits on the Clinical Advisory Committee for Endometriosis Australia.

She offers couples the BEYOND FERTILITY ™ program to assist in achieving optimal outcomes for a healthy pregnancy and birth and offers other practitioners mentoring in the program. She also has her own range of herbal teas in this space.

She is a well-respected industry speaker and established workshop facilitator, speaking both nationally and internationally. In addition, she both supervises in the Clinic and lectures at Endeavour College of Natural Health Perth.

In her downtime, she is a self-confessed foodie and animal lover and you will often find her concocting recipes with medicinal herbs into teas, elixirs, oxymels, smoothies, oils and poultices and researching ways of resurrecting ancient healing knowledge into modern practice.

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