PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:  Stinging Nettle

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Urtica dioica / Urticaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: partial shade, moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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spinach

COOK

Spring & Fall

Leaves

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spinach

COOK

Spring & Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION:  medium

COMMENT/CAUTION:  Highly nutritious. New shoots appear in Spring and Fall.  Use young leaves before flowering, as vegetable or tea. “…soaking, cooking, refrigerating, wilting or drying neutralizes the plant’s sting.” (2) CAUTIONS: stinging hairs can be painful and last hours, use crushed or chewed leaves of jewelweed, plantain, or dock to help remove pain

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Young leaves - cooked. Very nutritious and with a delicious flavour, they are used like spinach (1)

LOOK-A-LIKES:  False Nettle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boehmeria

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  White Snakeroot - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ageratina_altissima

OTHER USES: used for fiber…also as fodder for livestock and to make tea, beer, rennet and a plant dye.

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Urtica+dioica
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/urtica-chamaedryoides-nettle-knowledge-2  
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urtica_dioica
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/04/stinging-nettle.html  (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/stinging-nettle.aspx