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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

First Harvest

Stinging Nettles and gear

(Obviously taken pre-camera-theft)  On last Friday morning, I hurriedly took scissors out to the compost pile by the barn and snipped a bag full of nettles.  I had been clued in that my farmer/neighbor was going to toddle down with his front-end loader and turn the pile for me that morning after milking.  I love to dry it, make soup from it, toss it in salads.  Looks like I have plenty more - everywhere!

10 comments:

  1. I saw a blog not long ago which featured nettle bread. Who knew nettles were so versatile? I certainly didn't.

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    1. Debra - I used to think they were only a nuisance plant. No more!

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  2. We have a small patch of nettles here but I have to confess I've never harvested, cooked and eaten them. I remember my first encounter with them back in Illinois. I had shorts on and backed into a bunch of them having no idea what they were. The backs of my legs stung like crazy and, with my allergy to all stings, started turning red and swelling. What an education!

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    1. Mama Pea - I don't think there is a plant that has a more "lasting effect" than a nettle. I stuck my hand in a bunch of them before I knew they were what they were and it stung for days.

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  3. Hubby drinks Nettle tea every day. I'm afraid to harvest them...thank goodness the tea is cheap (even the organic, which we buy is very reasonable). You always were smarter than me..........
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    1. Sue - Or more rash? (Pardon the pun...) :)

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  4. I read about nettle pesto last winter but didn't get out to harvest any while they were young and tender. Maybe next year!

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    1. Michelle - OOh! Nettle pesto! I think I might squeeze that in this weekend.

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  5. I have never had this in salads...now I shall give it a try :)

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    1. OE - Are there nettles in Germany? This early in the spring, I am fairly desperate for something green that has not been prepackaged!

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