How to Harvest Wild Stinging Nettles | Harmonic Arts

By | April 14, 2015

It’s Stinging Nettle season! Come harvest some Nettles with us! Learn the best tips to harvest this nutrient dense wild plant from Herbalist, Yarrow Willard. You will learn about nutritional benefits and uses of this superfood herb. Nettles are awesome!

When young, nettles are a great fortifying tonic in the spring to help us prepare for the new season of the sun. They are best enjoyed as food when 6 to 18 inches tall and should be cut 5 to 7 inches from the top with scissors or a knife and gloves.
If you have inflamed or arthritic hands or wrists it is best to harvest without gloves as the stinging will be a helpful dose of healing for the season.
Nettles can be rolled in gloved hands or blended fresh to reduce the stinging and eaten raw, but are best digested cooked or steamed. As they are packed full of minerals and nutrients, it can be good to blend them with other spring green, like chickweed, dandelion leaf, lambs quarter, daisy, poke shoots, chopped fir tips or conventional greens like kale, spinach and chards. The experience of picking and eating this precious yet abundant spring green is rewarding how ever you choose to enjoy them.
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Check out some of our older videos on nettles for more information.

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