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« Reply #40 on: April 21, 2010 06:23:30 PM »

Oh Edel, that looks painful! I don't get welts like that, but you're absolutely right about how much even the tiniest leaf can sting. Age and size count for nothing in the nettle world! And now you see why I suggested full-length rubber gloves.

Hope they tasted good. Revenge is sweet, after all.

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« Reply #41 on: April 22, 2010 03:30:49 AM »

I cracked up when I read you planted a stinging nettle plant. Most people I know find them the bane of gardening (along with thistles)

I just weeded my garden, Im going to have to wait for them to grow back before i can get my revenge.

My sister's skin reacts the same way as you edelc! She fell in to a patch once and came out covered head to toe in tiny bumps (i found it v. funny...  Tongue she didnt)
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« Reply #42 on: April 22, 2010 12:32:43 PM »

actually I think the reactions tend to be seasonal, when they are young, they are especially vicious, a little older and the sting isnt so bad. If I were a more dilligent gardener then they wouldnt be lurking in the grass!
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« Reply #43 on: April 23, 2010 08:50:43 PM »

AWESOME post, Wulf!  I just featured it as Foodie Friday on the blog.

I drank a ridiculous amount of nettle tea in my third trimester of pregnancy.  I had an itchy skin condition known as PUPPP, and the perfect combination of oatmeal baths and nettle tea were my saviors. Smiley

Great info!  Thanks so much for sharing.
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« Reply #44 on: April 24, 2010 01:28:59 PM »

You're braver than I am, Wulf!  I think I read too many fairy tales as a kid, like the one with the girl who had 7 brothers that were turned into ravens, and the only way to free them was for her to make them each a nettle shirt, and she couldn't talk the entire time she was making them, or they wouldn't work...  I'm fairly sure other tales mentioned nettles, but mostly as a punishment, and never as a tasty green.

It's certainly useful information, should I ever come across some. 

That's the first thing I though of too. I love old fables, they're so dark.

My favourite skin balm has nettle in it I think.

I might have to have a look in the ditch beside my apartment see if there's any growing. Surprisingly I don't think I've ever been stung by a nettle, which is weird cause I definitely get into places I shouldn't. I usually don't have to worry cause I don't get a reaction to poison ivy anymore.

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« Reply #45 on: April 24, 2010 05:56:42 PM »

Thanks, Sweets4Ever! You've helped to spread the Gospel of Nettles!

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« Reply #46 on: April 24, 2010 10:40:54 PM »

My friend harvests and cooks nettles. Steamed with butter and a splash of lemon juice. Yum yum yum
They taste AMAZING a cross between asparagus and artichoke hearts is the best way I could describe them.
Too bad I haven't found a patch near my home. I didn't know you could find them at garden centres - thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #47 on: April 25, 2010 03:47:12 AM »

my granny and granda would make me and my brother drink nettle teat that my granda had picked and granny had boiled, not nice lol not fond memories
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« Reply #48 on: April 25, 2010 09:03:45 AM »

Too bad I haven't found a patch near my home. I didn't know you could find them at garden centres - thanks for the tip!

I doubt than many garden centres would have them. I bought mine from Richter's Herbs. They will ship plants to most places in Canada and the US, and seeds pretty much everywhere. I remember when I bought the original plant the cashier looked at my tray of various herb seedlings and asked warily "Are there nettles in here?" I guess he'd been burned!

By the way, Edel, I think you're absolutely right about the young leaves being more vicious than the older ones, though I've never seen it mentioned in anything I've read about nettles. Perhaps the toxin evaporates slightly as the plant ages.

And Purple_Leo, I've never found nettle tea to be unpleasant, just a bit bland. I usually mix it with mint to make it more pleasant.

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« Reply #49 on: April 28, 2010 03:06:42 PM »

LOL. Two of my cousins worked at Richter's for a while.
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