Fresh Stinging Nettles (Don't handle with bare hands)

Fresh Stinging Nettles (Don't handle with bare hands)

The Queen of Weeds

Caution when handling - these will obviously sting if handled with bare hands - use gloves or tongs to remove from packaging. 

The humble stinging nettle - so undervalued, unrecognised and unappreciated by the modern world - yet if there was one plant I would say is the most important to include in our spring and early summer diets, it would be this one!

If we could all grow a patch of nettles in our flower beds, or even proudly display a pot of them, in full sun on the patio (to support a cultural shift) - we would be much better off for it and so would nature!

 

Suggested uses:

Nettles taste very ‘green’ a bit like a supercharged version of spinach. Due to their spines they cannot be eaten raw in a salad, but they can be cooked in exactly the same way as spinach - wilt in some olive oil/butter, steam or boil. 

Some foraging chefs recommend soaking the nettles for 5-10minutes in water before cooking to remove the stinging compounds in the leaf. If you have sensitive digestion, this may be advisable. 

They make a great addition to any vegetable soup and in my opinion very much complement asparagus. 

You can add them to a nutrient dense smoothie, blend them up with an apple, a pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of olive or hemp oil for a vitality ‘top-up’. 

Interesting - for information purposes only

A quote taken from the RSPB website:

‘As well as being beneficial to wildlife, nettles have long running cultural significance, and can be of value to people too.

People have eaten them for centuries and they are a good source of calcium, magnesium and iron among other trace elements and vitamins. They can be used in many soups and stews instead of spinach’’ (1)

Ref:

  1. http://ww2.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/315846-stinging-nettles-benefit-garden-wildlife#:~:text=Stinging%20nettles%20support%20more%20than,provide%20early%20food%20for%20ladybirds.

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