Stinging NettlesUrtica dioica, often called common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant that is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America.

Today nettles are used to make tinctures, tea, elixirs and are also wonderful in a simple stir-fry! At Nezinscot Farm Herbals we use it to make all of the above. The health benefits of stinging nettle are endless and include its ability to detoxify the body, improve metabolic efficiency, boost immunity, increase circulation, improve energy levels, manage menstruation, and aid in skin care. Its high levels of naturally occurring iron have the power to lower inflammation, increase muscle mass, and regulate hormonal activity.

So why is it called stinging??? The leaves and stems of a nettle plant in have long stinging hairs that when touched produce an array of chemicals, including histamine, formic acid, serotonin, and acetylcholine. This causes an irritating, uncomfortable sensation on the skin. However, once you boil them or cook the nettles powerful oils are neutralized and can be enjoyed.

Interested in trying it out??? Stop by the farm this weekend and pick your own!! Gloria will be available to demonstrate and answer any questions you may have.

This Weekend, June 2 and 3rd. Pick your own nettles this weekend, $8/bag full- bring gloves!

Simple Sauteed Nettles

  • Olive Oil
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Garnish with toasted sunflower seeds
  • Serve with balsamic vinegar

Heat a little oil in a pan and add onions and mushrooms, or other veggies. Cook on low heat until semi-soft. Add in nettles, salt, and pepper and cook until the nettles have wilted, just as you would Spinach.

Serve drizzled with balsamic vinegar and garnish with toasted sunflower seeds, almonds or sesame seed.

Bon Appetit

 

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