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There are 2 main types of stinging nettle here...

From my experience the worse one is the Small Nettle..


Nasty sting, and it catches you out when weeding as it's very low growing.

We all know the Common Nettle..


Wilted over a fire it makes a tasty edible green, the heat destroys the stinging hairs.

However, you shouldn't eat them after they set flowers as the leaves develop cystoliths which can upset your urinary tract :eek:
 

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Then there are the Dead Nettles, these take advantage of the true nettles by mimicking them to avoid being grazed.

However, these don't belong to the Urticaceae family but the Lamiaceae family, or as we used to call them, Labiates :)

 
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They are my favourite!.... so are they no good for nettle tea @zig ?
 

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Best way to tell the difference, apart from getting stung, is to check the stems.


Stinging nettles have round stems, Lamiaceae have square section stems :)

They are my favourite!.... so are they no good for nettle tea @zig ?
Good for nettle tea before they flower, and nettle beer :)

If you want new nettles later in the season, cut a patch back and wait for the new growth, this helps caterpillars to feed as well :)
 
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I had them on the allotment but non here in back garden just the other stingy ones..nettle beer??? is that like a lager or a bitter?,i've had nettle cheese that i bought in Belgium :)
Caterpillars..are they the ones that like ragwort or my cabbages & brugmansias? cos i,m introducing villan food :)
 

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More like a bitter :)

They make cheese in Cornwall covered in nettles called Yarg :)

Verdun would know about that one :)
 
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World Stinging Nettle Challenge is held in mid-June each year at The Bottle Inn in Marshwood, Dorset UK. ;)
 

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I'd like to try nettle wine some day - a friend told me they made it a few years back and it was delicious! Have you ever made it @zigs?
 
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Is it correct that they don't have stinging nettles in the USA ?
 

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They make cheese in Cornwall covered in nettles called Yarg
I bought a couple of pieces for the first time a couple of Sundays ago (@ 90% off shortly before closing time) and found the flavour rather dissapointing. The leafy rind looked inedible so I gave it to our hens.

(But the 90% off smoked chilli cheese was fantastic!)


Then there are the Dead Nettles,
I reckon the best one are Yellow Archangel, which have taken over our back garden together with Bluebells and Cellandines.



 

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I told the Ziglets that when you eat Yarg, you have to say yarg when the nettles sting your mouth :giggle:

I love Yellow Archangel too Scrunge :)
 

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I told the Ziglets that when you eat Yarg, you have to say yarg when the nettles sting your mouth :giggle:
I'm not sure which I like more - the term 'Ziglets' or the 'say Yarg' thing! :ROFLMAO:
 
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Two years ago we had the red dead nettles growing everywhere for some reason. They actually had a good taste. I made a couple of salads using them and was pleasantly surprised how good they were. Lately I can’t find any of it.
 

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Hi,

I destroy nettles on sight in our garden; we also had lots of brambles that were a pain to get rid of; mile a minute vine is still under attack and last year we had cleavers popping up everywhere; each day I was on a cleavers hunt pulling them out before they could spread further. If only bought plants would grow as well as these? :( The cerastium (snow in summer) though is living up to its name and spreading nicely.

Kind regards, Colin.
 
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Red Dead Nettles have just come into flower :)

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