A few twigs of mint and a little basket of neetles for Easter appetizers (falafel and frittata).
Mentha x piperita
stinging nettle (urtica dioica) Harvesting
It always amazes me how people who haven’t experienced stinging nettles have to touch them despite being warned. Haha. Last year had a go doing the nettle and water concoction for pest control – whew it doesn’t half pong!
Lovely basket photo. I have noticed that you take some wonderful pictures. Keep posting them.
@cams – these nettles are so new and tender, they don’t sting yet! (I can’t understand what “it doesn’t half pong” means… but, if you are talking about the stink of the nettle concoction, oh, I agree with you!!)
@AspenShadow – thank you!
I found a bunch of nettle as I was weeding in the veggie garden yesterday. I toyed with trying to harvest and cook it (I’ve never tried it) I was really unsure of what I’d actually do with it and how I’d go about washing it without getting stung. Do you use nettle in frittata? How do you wash it (I’m pretty sure that the stuff here stings even in the spring… though I was super careful yesterday because I’ve been stung enough in the summer to be “well trained” to avoid nettle at all costs.)
@ HazelJ – Be careful, and wear gloves… I usually cut the tips and the leaves with the scissors, letting them drop into a basket. I wash them with water (in the sink, or directly in the salad spin) and drain. Then I boil for 1-2 minute and squeeze very well. I cut the leaves with the knife: they are ready to prepare a frittata or a risotto.
This is a flowerweaver’s journal about nettle frittata.
@HazelJ my recipe and expert instruction came straight from cristina!
Cristina, none of my nettles (which everyone thought I was crazy for planting, when it grows as a weed in so many places) survived the drought. I would plant again, but I think they are not so fun to move around, and I’m speaking from experience!
@cristina, flowerweaver Thank you for reminding me where to find the journals. The nettles that I’ve pulled so far have been only a few inches tall, but perhaps I’ll try saving some of them for frittata. I will let you know how it works out!
Now you’ve reminded me cristina – it’s time to make use of nettles, of which I have plenty! I have used them like spinach, in a quiche. Hope you enjoyed yours – they are a wonderful spring blood cleansing tonic.
My nettle stings in the Spring, for sure. I always start out trying to harvest with scissors but soon tire of it and use fingers which will feel prickly for days. I love reading other’s experience with nettles. Thank you for sharing, cristina.
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