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Old 05-24-2011, 11:27 AM   #11
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Nettles--I have lots of those, and we thought we'd try them one spring...no thanks--must be an acquired taste. (I found that they taste like "manure" because that is what they smelled like to me when cooked). But I love milkweed buds...those are worth the time it takes to boil, drain, boil, drain, boil again.
I have never tried nettles. How did you cook them? I think nettle soup is a traditional Danish dish.

Oh yeah, milkweed buds, those really are tasty.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:35 AM   #12
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I steamed them. I boiled them. And after two tries, I gave up. They typically grow where there is high nitrogen in the soil. Kind of makes sense re: the odor...
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I steamed them. I boiled them. And after two tries, I gave up. They typically grow where there is high nitrogen in the soil. Kind of makes sense re: the odor...
I cooked the heck out of them. Can't remember what I did, think I sauteed, then boiled. Or reverse. You need to get rid of the formic acid. They were actually quite passable, used them like spinach in a vegetable soup, froze some, and now I can't find them.
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I was looking at Scandinavian recipes for nettles and they all say to use just the tops - the tender leaves and to wear gloves while picking them.

Then I remember picking them with other kids, while I was in Denmark. I must have had something with nettles, since we had been sent to the woods to pick it. It must have tasted okay, or I would remember it.
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I was looking at Scandinavian recipes for nettles and they all say to use just the tops - the tender leaves and to wear gloves while picking them.

Then I remember picking them with other kids, while I was in Denmark. I must have had something with nettles, since we had been sent to the woods to pick it. It must have tasted okay, or I would remember it.
Yes, def need gloves. And only spring, with the tender tops. If it would quit raining I would go out and get some.
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