Keltek grasps the nettle

Foodswild owner Miles Lavers
Foodswild owner Miles Lavers

Keltek Brewery has teamed up with a company which specialises in seasonally foraged food, to produce a unique new nettle cider – Cornish Stingers.

Based near Helston, Foodswild, which supplies such produce as edible seaweeds, wild vegetables, flowers, berries, nuts and mushrooms, used freshly-gathered wild Cornish nettles to brew the cider.

For Miles Lavers – the owner of Foodswild – sustainably is a passion, and wild, locally gathered food comes with an incredibly low carbon footprint. By bottling locally at Keltek Brewery in Redruth, it is able to keep the carbon miles of the cider to a minimum.

Cornish Stingers has proven popular at trade shows across the county but this is the first time that a significant amount of it has been bottled.

Trystan Grace – marketing assistant at Keltek Brewery – said: “We’re really happy to be involved in the production of such a purely Cornish product. The nettles are gathered locally, brewing takes place on a farm near Helston and it’s bottled in Redruth.”