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Nettles should be blanched to destroy the formic acid before eating (Handle with gloves of course). Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil & prepare a bowl of ice water on the side. Once the water is boiling, plunge the nettles in the water for no more than a minute or so (the nettles should be bright green & not over cooked). Quickly drain ...
I have only had them as a tea with raspberry leaves. Refreshing enough, but nothing I'd actively forage to accomplish. However since the USDA report (direct PDF download) says that stinging nettles are 2.7% protein, and high in a number of vitamins and minerals, I think I'll try using them in a few dishes. Initial collection and preparation for cooking ...
Very carefully!! Seriously need to be blanched/boiled to render the Formic acid inert. Formic has a much higher effect on organics than its relative acidity would suggest. From here use like cabbage or such.
Rumex includes both sorrels and docks. The sorrels are generally more widely eaten. You can eat all of them, although they're pretty acid. Sliced finely with other salad greens, they add some bite. You can also wilt them down as you would spinach for a risotto or soup. http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/rice-recipes/a-beautiful-sorrel-risotto-with-crumbled-...
This is a good place to start: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/mar/30/nettle-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall Nettle Soup Adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Around 150g nettle tops 30-35g knob of butter 1 onion, peeled chopped 1 large or 2 smallish leeks, trimmed, washed and finely sliced 2 celery sticks, chopped ...
In Russia we make a soup with nettles. It's very very tasty! I have no receipts from myself, but I have some links on Russian receipt forum, maybe it will be useful.
If you're feeling extra adventurous, you can eat it raw! If you fold up the nettle leaf, such that it "breaks" the little pricklers (they're like little needles) on leaf, you should be able to eat it without issue. The trick is to fold/roll the leaf up all over and tightly, so it forms a small compact ball. Your stomach acid is much stronger than the formic ...
Like a lot of other people have said, cooking neutralises the sting, but blending them to a paste, in an oil or a pesto works too. The reason for this is that the sting is not just the acid component, but the delivery mechanism: the little hairs on the leaves are hollow, and act as little hypodermic needles. If you blend the leaves, you destroy the little ...
We've made Indian-style saag paneer with nettle and it was great! Just substituted the spinach/mustard-greens with the nettle.
My mother makes gnocchi with nettles. You can make them both with or without potatoes. Another nice recipe is meat/pork joint wrapped in nettle and bread. This one may be quite unpractical to prepare outdoor though as you need to bake it.
Leaves are only an option while they're in season. In winter, snowballs work great.
I think this was most likely at least a two-creature job. That same sedum has been dug up, broken into pieces and strewn around my yard a number of times. (Pictures of some of the pieces were used in my answer to a question at Gardening and Landscaping, in case you want to see them.) After posting this question, we put up a motion light. The largest ...
If you expect itchy insect bites, I can recommend a dedicated heat stick for treating the bites. Something like this: Therapik Mosquito Bite Reliever It does work, at least temporarily. The mechanism is often said to be the denaturing of the proteins due to heat. However the heat is not sufficient for that. What apparently really happens is that the local ...
Plantago major is not only a rough plant with strong leaves which grows technically everywhere, but also a useful herb. Try to find bigger leaves, perhaps not from the strict proximity of the road.
This has been answered at http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/3031/does-rubbing-a-dock-leaf-on-a-sting-from-a-stinging-nettle-help-to-reduce-pain For posterity I will recreate the answer This is from a forum post so it could use a bit more of a hard reference, but it contains some useful and verifiable info: It is said that nettle stings ...
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