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« Reply #50 on: April 29, 2010 09:24:45 PM »

I work with growing and transforming (into soaps, creams, oils, etc) medicinal herbs and nettle is an incredibly versatile plant. It has tons of medicinal properties - the best way to benefit from those is to drink an infusion on a regular basis, you can dry the leaves to have them all year round, but you can brew the fresh leaves as well.

You can brew other fresh herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley, mint - try it, you'll be surprised! My favourite is a lemon balm (melissa) infusion, served cold - like ice tea.

Another way to use nettle is crushing the dried nettle leaves into a powder and using it to season your dishes, just sprinkle a little everywhere you would use other herbs.

ok--I walked all of my property and found plants that look exactly like the ones you show--except, I did touch the stems and got no reaction whatever! Are there non-stinging nettles?  I plan on taking them to our agricultural extension office to see if they can verify the plant for me...I truly want to harvest and use this plant as it appears to be growing in many areas of my property...they are small, so I am wondering if they get stingy as the get larger?

There are non-stinging (or lesser-stinging) varieties of nettle but those are NOT edible, always do a touch-test first to make sure you have the right kind.

The stinging "hairs" on the nettle become harmless as the plant wilts.
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« Reply #51 on: April 29, 2010 10:50:52 PM »

K, I'm totally interested in this, but I don't know if those kind of nettles grow around here.  The only thing I've ever touched that fits the decription of what you say nettles are like is the green leafs covering hazel nuts...  Hmmm... Now I need to consult my friend the assistant provincial botanist...

Wulf, that Quiche looks frikken' AMAZING.
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« Reply #52 on: May 03, 2010 05:09:41 AM »

Thanks, Burgz, for sharing your nettle knowledge. I like lemon balm tea as well, and it ought to be a good one to combine with nettle for tea.

And KrisCreates for the quiche compliment. I think it may be time for another one this week. Smiley

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« Reply #53 on: May 03, 2010 07:51:26 AM »

I thought I found some in my back acreage--I printed several pictures to take along with me and I did find plants that had stingers on them and a reddish stem like the pic Wulf has...I touched and poked and even tore off a piece to eat but no sting! And the taste was horrid as well, so I guess it must be something else!

I have given up and decided I will have to order and plant it myself!

Lemon balm--ugh-- I love to use this plant but it has overtaken my bed and now onto my hubby's grass, so we have been digging it up and will replant in a container...a very hard plant to kill and keep under control!

I appreciate all of the tips and health news on these natural remedies !
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« Reply #54 on: May 03, 2010 08:44:00 AM »

It is sad to be a city girl sometimes. I wish I could romp around outside and make dandelion wine and nettle dishes at home.
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« Reply #55 on: May 03, 2010 02:13:26 PM »

It is sad to be a city girl sometimes. I wish I could romp around outside and make dandelion wine and nettle dishes at home.

You don't have to be a country girl -- I live in right in the middle of Toronto! I think you could easily grow nettles in a pot, as long as you placed it where nobody would brush against them accidentally!

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« Reply #56 on: May 03, 2010 07:49:53 PM »

Any dangers with pets? My mom used to keep a vegetable garden but gave up when a few of our dogs would dig up everything for sport.
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« Reply #57 on: May 03, 2010 08:23:43 PM »

I'd be willing to bet that this is one crop that the pets won't dig up. Their fur will protect dogs and cats from being stung just passing by, but they'll quickly learn not to poke their noses in!

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« Reply #58 on: September 19, 2010 09:30:18 AM »

That looks SUPER DUPER yummy!!!
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« Reply #59 on: September 19, 2010 11:15:19 PM »

Great information, thanks for sharing!
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