tiistai 12. kesäkuuta 2012

Wild edibles, stinging nettles

While I have been very busy on different works around my house I haven´t had much time to do any "bushcraft activities" lately so I thought to eat some wild edibles while bbq:ing on my backyard. So I collect some stinging nettles around my house far end from road and cut them small into my cast iron wok to fry with little bit of oil (frying or fast boiling eliminate those acid spikes).

After frying they shrinked a lot and were good to eat. Stinging nettles were too grown up already and had too strong and woody shaft. Leaves were great.


Later I collected more leaves to make tea out of it and I also found some rasberry leaves to add some sweetness.

I kept (bit crushed) leaves on hot water around 30 minutes and get great fresh and strong drink, highly recommended!


Stinging nettles are very traditional plant for food and it´s very nutricious and healthy even more than spinach and it could be used same way.

Stinging nettles also have very strong fibers for cordage making (haven´t tried that one yet)

11 kommenttia:

  1. I've wanted to try this, thanks for the reminder!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Sure, go ahead, you won´t regret I bet!

      - Finnman

      Poista
  2. Great wild-edible info and ideas! I'll have to look for some nettle around here.

    So far I've been eating dandelions, clover and plantain from our "jungle" back yard. ;)

    weekendwoodsman

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Dandelions we have A LOT, but still haven´t eat any..maybe cause I hate them occupying all possible places on my garden ;)

      - Finnman

      Poista
    2. Yeah, that's EXACTLY why you should eat them! REVENGE! ;)

      Poista
  3. I like cooking nettles. you can make many different recipes and taste great!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Do you have some.good recipes.for me.to try?

      Poista
  4. hmmm let me think...:)
    basically all spinach recipes works and IMO it comes out better than using spinach.
    but my favorite is the nettle omelet. it is nettle and feta cheese wrapped in thin omelet.
    attaching link to my old post
    http://bushnblade.blogspot.fi/2011/06/nettle.html

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thanks for recipe. I will definitely try this out, maybe coming weekend!

      - Finnman

      Poista
  5. Jou, Finnman, you got the point here! There is a lot of eatable plants out in forest now. And that nettle, you dry it and make flour out of it, then you can use it everywhere. In bread, omelets, gottage cheese, etc..

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Drying them would be good idea. Thanks from that tip! What do you think is best method to do it without proper dryer (kasvikuivuri)?

      - Finnman

      Poista