In the past few days I’ve recieved several gifts of large bags of nettles. Â I love nettles. Â They are free food, and one of the best foods and medicines you can have. And they grow everywhere.
If you don’t know what they look like, there are good pictures here – http://www.econetwork.net/~wildmansteve/Plants.Folder/Nettle.html
Nettles are great for nourishing your kidney and adrenals, and also as a blood sugar stabilizer, so I drink a nettle infusion almost every day. I’ve also used them as an anti-histamine for allergies and to make my hair shiney and happy. They’re anti-asthmatic, good for milk flow, diaretic, and much much much more. As food they are high in protien (40%, according to one source), iron, potassium, Vitamin A and C, silicon, and of course much much more. Everyone should read about nettles – they are so amazing and do so much more than I could ever hold in my mind and adequately explain here. Susan Weed has a great nettles section in her book, Healing Wise, and Janice Schofield has written a whole book about them, appropriately called Nettles.
Anyways the point (after all that nettle promotion) is that I’ve been eating nettles nettles nettles and I looooove them. Last night I had nettle soup with garlic and carrots and almonds and onions. This morning I cooked up a mess of nettles and stirred in some cashew butter (hey, I’m in a little town, my nut butter options are very limited) and it was soooo yummy. Nettles make me feel really full, too, so they might be my new diet plan.
I have so many more Nettles than I can eat right now that I had to figure out a way to preserve them (I don’t want to dry them) and the wise herbalist Shamana Flora recommended pickling them, which I’ll probably try tomorrow. I’ve had bad luck with pickling before (mold), so I’m going to do some research and then set some up for pickling tomorrow. I’ll report back in a couple weeks when I’m eating them.