Yes, fresh nettles (Urtica dioica) sting. The sting I got the other day felt like a bee sting. The sting is from a chemical made by the plant, not from a pricker, so if you cook it, blend it or dry it you’re safe.
I gathered some nettles the other day, and put some into a delicious green smoothie (recipe below) and the rest I dried to use as tea.
In my first pot of nettle tea (delicious!) the nettle looked so good and bright green when it reconstituted, that I chopped it up and made a miso soup with it! It was sooo good. Next time I’ll have to remember to take pictures of that.
Here is the green smoothie, which is actually purple due to blueberries:
Green Smoothie with Nettles
1 cup frozen mangoes
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
handful (a careful handful…don’t get stung!) fresh nettles
2 cups water
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Thanks, and enjoy the spring!
~ Melissa Sokulski
Food Under Foot
Birch Center for Health