Spring is finally here! March 13 2014, 0 Comments
With the coming of spring comes local wild greens. One of the first to grow each spring is the Stinging Nettle. Nettles are one of our favorite plants for both their flavour and for their many health benifits. Rich in vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium, nettles have one of the highest protein counts of any vegetable. Nettles can be used in a variety of recipes, such as polenta, pesto and purée or just as you would spinach or asparagus. Flavour is full and wild and comparable to spinach. Nettles are used as a popular spring time liver cleanser. There are many other medicinal uses of nettle including relief for arthritis, treatment of disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, locomotor system, skin, cardio-vascular system, hemorrhage, flu, rheumatism and gout. Nettles are commonly eaten fresh-remember to boil them first and watch your hands as they have a sting. Once boiled the sting is gone. They are also great as a tea. This incredible super food is found locally and is available at The West Coast Wild Foods Store at Lonsdale Quay as well as on our online store. Enjoy!