We always wait until the first hysterical and blistered child of the season to know its nettle season and time for vengeance soup!
The nettle-victim and I take great delight in harvesting the offending nettle (and a few of its associates for good measure) and making a vengeance soup!
1 onion (more tears) 30g/1oz oatmeal 600ml/1pint vegetable or chicken stock salt and pepper to taste
- They are the exclusive larval food for several species of butterfly.
- Medicinal uses – extracts are used to treat arthritis, anaemia and kidney problems.
- Food – Nettles are rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese and calcium. Tribes, including the Native Americans, would harvest and use nettles in spring when other food plants were scarce.
- Drink –Nettle cordial can be traced back to roman times.
- Textiles – Nettle stems contain a fibre known as bast fibre which is used for the same purposes as linen and is produced by a similar retting process.
- Shampoo – Nettle extracts are added to certain shampoos as it adds a shine and vitality to tired-looking hair.