- put on gloves
- grab scissors and a container
- walk up to veggie patch - being careful not to step on any fluffy chickens or ducks.
- with bowl in one hand, snip nettle stalks so that they fall into the bowl.
- Wilting the nettles - by cooking them gently or pouring boiling water over them - will take the sting right out and you are left with a sweet and most delicately flavoured green.
- snip nettles - stalks and all, into soup just before serving. Stir briefly to ensure nettles have wilted.
- snip nettles - stalks and all, into eggs for scrambled eggs.
- Use nettles in place of silver beat in quiches and tarts.
- snip nettles into boiled potatoes prior to mashing. The heat from the potatoes is sufficient to remove the sting.
- Use nettles whenever you would use spinach or silver beet - except raw!
The stalks are very tender - not like silver beet at all.
They seem to be pretty tuff. I transplanted my plants from the community garden (where they grow wild in winter) a few years back. I think sometimes you can find them in paddocks where sheep have camped, or self seeding from bags of sheep poop. The little ones I have don't seem to be very high- maybe 30 -40 cm, and don't really sting very much - which is lovely!
They love moist soil. They seem to do OK with shade. The seem to self seed and reappear each winter. So I can not really take much credit for them at all!