event : evt, The leaves, stems, roots, and flowers are all used medicinally. They prefer rich soil near the edges of streams, lakes, springs and other sources of cool, clean water. Required fields are marked *. callback: cb Nettles may also be used to make cordage - See the Cordage section of this website. The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Nettles are one of my favorite wild edible plants. Your email address will not be published. Although they can be a nuisance for any person tromping through the woods in shorts, stinging nettles are an incredibly versatile and important wild edible. October 19, 2015. Google images is another great tool for plant ID. window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { Now, though I have used nettle as a survival food I would appreciate practical tips on harvest, storage and culinary use of the nettles. Love foraging? In my various outdoor skills courses people often ask me if you can eat nettles. Aug 19, 2017 - Explore Melanie Martin's board "Dead Nettle", followed by 276 people on Pinterest. Nettle have long roots to draw up nutriton and normally thrive in healthy and nitrogen rich soil, though do a little research and be sure you're picking from areas as free from pollutants as possible. However, if you’re substituting nettles for spinach, remember that nettles are only edible when cooked—so no raw nettle salads! Many of us are also tempted to pick delicious looking nettle leaves, even though our gloves are miles away in a forgotten cupboard. ); Edible Weeds 101: The Health Benefits of Stinging Nettles. What are the edible part in a flower? Stinging Nettles Here's just 4 times it is good not to pick nettles for food. forms: { Nettles are rich in vitamins and minerals, and is more nutrient dense than many grocery store greens. Rich in plant protein, it also has high levels of phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, and incredible amounts of iron. This signifies a change in this nutritious plant, a change that is of benefit to butterflies and moths, though not to humans. The flowers on Stinging Nettles are like catkins; little tendrils of flowers dropping down from the stems, they tend to be green or yellowy-green in colour, so not always obvious to spot. Originally from Europe and Asia, this plant has sharp hairs that break easily and can irritate or sting when the plant is touched; however it is a vitamin-rich food source as well as a remedy for various medical conditions. Get exclusive access to my most treasured wild food recipes and the hottest tips on foraging every month. Only Dead Nettles from the Lamium family which are edible and although not as tasty they don’t sting. Urtica dioica, often known as common nettle, stinging nettle (although not all plants of this species sting) or nettle leaf, or just a nettle or stinger, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Urticaceae.Originally native to Europe, much of temperate Asia and western North Africa, it is now found worldwide, including New Zealand and North America. Remember not to pick them if they're flowering and head to shady spots where they will flower […], Your email address will not be published. Related: 100 New Ways to Try Spinach. If you get them out before they set seed they can be added to compost or dug in as a green manure crop. } In spite of some wild rumors, all amaranth can be eaten — even glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed — with a couple of caveats. We’ve all been there—hiking through the woods with shorts on, weeding the garden, landing a canoe on an overgrown shore—one minute you brush against a green leafy plant and the next you’re blinded with prickly, burning pain. window.mc4wp.listeners.push( In Scotland, Nettle Kail was a traditional Shrove Tuesday soup to welcome in the spring. Receive regular updates on news, recipes and events. I should mention, too, that the best way to pick nettle is with scissors and rubber dishwashing gloves, since they're long enough to … This chart is a list of the most commonly-known poisonous plants and flowers to avoid while selecting edible flowers. All the urtica plants have stinging hairs. Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8, No, some plants with the word "nettle" in the name are not edible. Please advise. For obvious reasons, never eat a raw nettle leaf. Location: Beaver County, Pennsylvania (~ zone 6). Web Development - Paddy Deakin. It can also be categorized as a noxious weed. You may know, that I rate Stinging Nettles (Urtica dioica) highly. All nettles are edible after they are sautéed, blanched or cooked in soups. Fedco in Maine has seeds for U. dioica. Stinging Nettle may be one of the most nutrient dense plants you could ever hope to eat. Moreover, its creepy name often puts people off. The flowers of white dead-nettle make a wonderful (sun) tea as well. on: function(evt, cb) { Stinging nettles are a common forest plant found in Northern regions around the globe. Very slowly. Stinging Nettles: Queen of Spring’s Edible Wild Weeds. Good advise! Learn how to identify, harvest, prepare, and eat this vitamin packed powerhouse! Dead nettles have no sting but probably evolved to look like stinging nettles as a defence against predators. your own Pins on Pinterest People use stinging nettles to treat muscle or joint pain, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. } You can use the flowers as edible decoration on salads and spreads. At this stage it is best to quote John Wright (from his Hedgerow book) as he says it so well and thoroughly; 'At the first sign of flowers you must stop picking. For one, any plant that survives the onslaught of toxic petro-pesticides will most likely harbor the toxic constituents of the pesticide and pass them on to whomever eats the plant.Amaranth also has a propensity to accumulate nitrates and oxalates, which can make it unpalatable and unsafe for eatin… But what we probably didn't learn is how nutritious - and delicious the nettles are as a wild edible! Edible Drinks: Nettles, the Tasty Sting of Spring. I second Tyler's call to use the latin, and be sure of the id. Nettles mark the start of my foraging year. By the time the tired mounds of snow finally thaw and make way for mud, we are all yearning for signs of life, and as the world greens around us, spring brings us tender herbs. Nettles are high in nutrients such iron, magnesium and nitrogen. Those of us who care about nettles here all seem to share the same generous patch close to the center of town. They are not like shell-fish (only eat when there's an 'r' in the month), though there are some general guidelines that will help you pick and eat the best, edible nettles. The plant is easy to identify. Wild Edibles Wild and Edible Stinging Nettle. Well, I have been fortunate and having just posted about transplanting nettles because I had none have now found 2 patches on my property, one by the composter and 1 by what will be the heating shed (see homesteading, 11 acres, almost, and a dream). See more ideas about Nettle, Plants, Wild edibles. The beauty of that cooking process, no matter … Nettles are an excellent source of calcium, manganese, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K. The stems are made of fiber which can also be used to make fabric or cordage. HI are all nettles edible? I'd love to show and teach you more about Stinging Nettles, including recipe ideas, find out more on my Wild Food Foraging Courses. Some are alien to North America, and some are considered native. A nettle sting doesn't have to be problem; the sting brings blood to the skin's surface, thus stimulating blood flow. Edible Autumn Spring Summer Winter View Full Size Image.