Stinging Nettle ~ Urtica DioicaPosted: May 24, 2012
We are thick with Stinging nettles right now. Any place on our property that has a bit of shade, has a patch of nettles growing nearby. Nearly everyone I know has a nettle story that involves the prickly plant and stings somewhere unpleasant. I have one or two of my own. It’s generally not a big deal, and the stings go away within a day or so.
Not everyone is aware of this, but Nettle is edible and incredibly good for you. So you can spend your weekends trying to rid of this little plant or you can use it to feed your family and help keep them well.
Some of the health benefits of Stinging Nettle include:
- anti-allergy and hay fever
- anti inflammatory
- helps eczema
- helps with respiratory aliments
- helps with dandruff and makes hair shiny
The plan for today was to have a nettle recipe tried and reviewed for you, but sick kids and getting ready for Frank’s parents has taken priority so I’ll leave you with a few recipes.
Obviously you’ll want to wear gloves when picking and preparing your nettles. The hairs on the plant is what causes the sting. Once the plant has either been pulverized or cooked, the hairs are no long a problem.
Take care to avoid nettles if you are on blood thinners, beta blockers or a couple of other medications as it causes some interference.
The smallest and newest leaves are the most tasty. The older ones are a bit tough.
I hope you take some time to eat your weeds this week. I plan on making the pesto, and perhaps the soup.
Have you ever cooked with nettles?