[NAFEX] [off topic] Foraging
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Fri Apr 27 11:02:36 EDT 2007
Maybe i'm just overly sensitive to nettle sting, but I have very unpleasant
memories of them from my childhood. They hurt worse than bees, and hurt
for a long time. I don't care how tasty they are, there's no way i'm
planting them on my property. :-)
...... Original Message .......
On Fri, 27 Apr 2007 09:36:43 -0500 "Donna &/or Kieran"
<holycow at cookeville.com> wrote:
> I've drunk nettle tea many times, bought from the health food store.
>I've talked with a Tennessee couple who grow lots of nettles to dry to add
>to soups and stews for the winter. But all we've ever done with ours is eat
>them fresh, usually in a stew or quiche or with eggs. The way I pick them
>is to wear gloves, or sometimes just a glove on the hand holding the
>clippers. With the ungloved hand I take hold of the tip of a leaf, clip
>the top of the plant, maybe 2-4 pairs of leaves down, and drop it into my
>cooking pan. When full, I take it to the stove and pour hot water over
>nettles. After 5 minutes of cooking they are ready to be chopped and
>to a quiche or have some other omelet ingredients added. Be sure to pour
>the cooking water into cups to drink, heavenly. You might want to add
>and butter to it, or a bit of boullion, or make some kind of Japanese
>soup from it Or for stew, just start adding the rest of the ingredients.
>One of the best things about having nettles in the garden (not running
>like in England where I cussed them frequently, but in a single patch) is
>that they are perennials. They come on early in the spring before the
>spring planted greens, and are a welcome change from the overwintered
>brassicas. Then in the autumn, after the heat of summer it seems to be
>to mow them down when they have gone to seed and are looking, well, seedy,
>and then they spring back up in the autumn rains, ready to eat again.
> You know, nettles are supposed to be good for hayfever. Our local
>health food store does a brisk business with rather expensive freeze dried
>nettle capsules for customers who can't abide the side effects of
>antihistamines. (Never mind fruit trees. Our fruit crop is toast, but
>nettles look great.) They also are used to make a beer that my husband
>turned out very well for him decades ago when he made some. Bright green
>too, save a few bottles for St. Patrick's Day. Donna
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