I acquired a brimming bag of nettles, and it shall form the basis of my concoctions

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Now that’s what I call a post …

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Is this what happens when you buy your produce from The Mad Gardener Abdul Alhazred?

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By chance would these nettles still have the little spikey bits on them? I have a … um … project.

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Funny, just this week my aunt suggested hortica (nettle) tea for my allergies and inflammation. And, I did buy some, but in retrospect, her sales pitch was pretty bland in comparison to this.

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Nah, they have to be fresh. Even blanching them immediately destroys the histamines.

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Oh well, so much for that plan.

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At one point I had harvested the nettles from the lawn to use in beer, but I never got around to it and I haven’t done any homebrewing in recent years for a variety of reasons.

You do see the occasional microbrew made with nettles, though.

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An internet post about nettles is incomplete without Salad Fingers

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I bet @jlw is starting to regret asking H. G. Lovecraft to cover for Mark this week.

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J Peterman should license this post and offer the product at twice the going rate.

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But don’t these miraculous, yet literally pain in my ass, plants grow well… “like weeds” pretty much all over the world? I live in a pretty dry and hot area of So. Cal. and we’ve got them (often where you don’t expect them), and a friend of mine reports them popping up in her garden in soggy dark England…

I’d bet you could grow them pretty much anywhere.

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Yep. I just got some nettle seeds for next spring last week.

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I pick stinging nettle in my yard, it is all over the place. I use it to make nettle bread, which is … tasty. Maybe you could rehydrate your nettle and make some:

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I hope you had a better experience with this alien dimension prickly herb than I did with my recent Sweet Aztec Herb tea. I’ve been growing the plant for a while, and right on the little spike thing it says 1000 times sweeter than sugar, use to sweeten tea. So, I made tea with a bunch of the leaves and flowers, muddled them up, let steep a while. It was pretty good, pretty sweet. Then, I started getting pretty nauseous. I did some reading, and apparently you’re only supposed to use a little bit, because the leaves contain camphor. I thought I was going to die. But, I didn’t. I really have an urge to build a ziggurat though.

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The Tibetan Buddhist guru Milarepa lived on stinging nettle during most of his time spent as a hermit. It was said his skin and hair turned green.

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I had a concoction at a festival once based on nettle beer. With shrooms in it. The taste was… weird.

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Nettle tea is delicious & nutritious. Even if you don’t have allergies, it’s full of iron. Also makes a great earthy-tasting soup. Handle with gloves to wash & de-stem the leaves. Once they’re cooked they lose their sting.

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The webmd site has some interesting nutritional info on nettle leaf.

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