For a start, you can cook with them - nettles
make tasty soup and a refreshing tea.
Youngsters learning |the dangers and benefits of nettles
Some cooks prefer to blanch nettles
in boiling water, but I saute them, adding just a splash of liquid, as with cooking most other greens.
, squeeze dry, and substitute for basil in your
It's a windy, grey Monday morning as I prepare to go to Gibside and the sky doesn't look too promising - I'm sure it's going to rain - so I pack up all the waterproof clothing I can find as well as a pair of gloves to pick the nettles
has also long been revered for its benefits to the kidneys and adrenals.
Despite being much maligned, nettles
are a terrific source of food - for people, insects and other plants.
Did you know, for instance, that the nettle
is one of the most important native plants for wildlife in the UK, supporting over 40 different species of insects?
It is held every summer at the Bottle Inn in Dorset, since 1986 when two farmers argued about who had the longest nettles
on their land.
An episode in the new STV series sees him hanging from a helicopter over Snowdonia while rescuing a team of hikers - and Nettles
, 62, shunned the offer of a body double, and completed the stunt himself.
has been used as a wash for the hair, some say it will wash away gray with continued use.
A BIZARRE new food craze is sweeping the country - nettle
You need to pick the nettles
when they are young, or pick the new shoots, otherwise they can be a little bit woody and tough So to find out how you can get involved in this awareness week (May 14-25), from creating a nettle
patch in your garden to trying out some of the nettle
recipes, visit the Be Nice to Nettles
Week website and do your bit to celebrate the humble nettle
WHY not try the Wartime Housewife's special recipe for nettle
The RSPB said the native stinging nettle
supports more than 40 kind of insects, attracting birds and other insect eaters such as hedgehogs, frogs and toads, while their seeds provide food for the likes of house sparrows and chaffinches.