Stinging Nettles

It's spring time! And that means fresh nettles! The young plants are perfect for harvesting. They like to hide among other plants. It can be an adventure finding them.

My dad and I took off on a sunny day with gloves and something to cut the stalks with. Always make sure to give thanks to the plants for providing us with food and nourishment :)

Next we took the nettles home, washed them and Sandy Ollsin prepared them using her famous recipe for...

Nettle Squares:

350* - in 9 x 13" pan

  • 4 TB. Butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1 TB. Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 cup chopped chives

  • 1 lb. Edam cheese

  • 12 oz. fresh nettles, washed & scissor-clipped

Melt butter in pan, in the oven. In large bowl, beat eggs, then add flour, milk, bp, salt, mustard & chives. Fold in grated cheese and nettles (cut into the mix with scissors, while holding nettles with tongs, in other hand). Pour into pan on top of butter. Bake 35 minutes, or until set.
Cool. Cut into fairly small squares and serve.  Mmmm….

Optional Variations:   For extra zing, add in a bit of blue cheese or gorgonzola, or add thinly sliced mushrooms to mixture, or try substituting Edam with other cheeses (mozza, cheddar, or gouda, etc.)

Excerpt from Pathways to Healing by Don Ollsin

Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica 

Found in the temperate regions of Europe, Britain, Asia, Japan,  S. Africa, Australia, Andes and N. America. Indians used to make cord and fish nets. Used in Britain to make very fine linen. Discontinued because the nettles were too difficult to cultivate.

Uses:

  • Improves nutrition - high in chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphate,Vitamin D, silica, sodium, potassium & sulphur.

  • Good for people who suffer from migraines associated with bilious vomiting

  • Excellent to relieve the symptoms of hay fever & other allergies.

  • Purifies the blood and cleans the lymph.

  • Reduces uric acid helping with rheumatism & gout.

  • Promotes milk in nursing mothers, Galactagogue.

  • Improves digestion - contains secretin, a substance that acts as a stimulus to pancreatic secretion that stimulates the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver gallbladder. 

Enjoy!

-Brooke Ollsin