The rich, green Nettle leaves are ready for harvest.  Young, tender ones make the best food and medicine.  Many people ask about the sting of Nettles and how to harvest them.

Spring Nettle leaves

Spring Nettle leaves

These young Nettles were harvested without gloves by holding them with one hand at the top of the plant and using the other hand to snip the stem.  The top 3″ of the plant were harvested by holding the leaves gently together, despite the warning in the following old poem:

Tender-handed, stroke a nettle,
And it stings you for your pains.
Grasp it like a man of mettle,
And it soft as silk remains.

 

There are some reports that people who harvest Nettle barehanded don’t get arthritis in their hands.  Nettle sting is often used in treating painful joints by “whipping” the affected area with them.

The chickens also enjoyed today’s Nettle harvest.  They’re still too young to be laying eggs, but the nutrition is good for them.

Bella and Batman enjoying Nettle leaves

Bella and Batman enjoying Nettle leaves

 

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