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Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall

Nettles: Last Harvest until Fall

Once nettles flower and set seed, most sources say they are too bitter to eat and that the leaves become stringy and gritty with calcium oxalate. Right now I am after the seeds so I can make gomasio and also I want to cut them back so that I will have a fall crop.

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Nettles Make Beautiful Soup!

Nettles Make Beautiful Soup!

There are so many wonderful things about spring--and it delights me to have fresh, mineral-rich and vitamin-laden green herbs pop up for us to bring into the kitchen and make those seasonal dishes that we can't have the rest of the year. Nettles are a favorite of mine, and while I quite savor a nettle spanakopita and a salsa verde made with nettle, chickweed, dandelion, and sorrel or oxalis--nettle soup is a great comfort food besides being a spring tonic.

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Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds

Salsa Verde with Wild Weeds

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I thought for sure that I had posted the recipe for making salsa verde with botanicals foraged from in and around the garden, however I can only find my traditional one posted, which contains garden grown herbs and greens. So here is the wild weed version for those of you who requested it.

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Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles

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Last weekend, while botanizing along the White River in the Ozarks, we found many plants along the trail and came upon a large stand of healthy nettles. So armed with gloves, knives and pruners, we harvested a large amount of nettles which we brought home to cook down for a lovely mess a’ greens and we used the trimmings to make a nettle tincture.

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Green Goodness Soup (Weed Soup)

Green Goodness Soup (Weed Soup)

This is a delicious and nutritious soup made from wild edibles found in your backyard. Just be sure to harvest from an area where no chemicals or pesticides have been sprayed.

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Harvesting Edible Weeds from the Backyard

Harvesting Edible Weeds from the Backyard

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With the advent of spring weather comes a huge variety of wild edibles in our gardens and yards, and these can be harvested and brought into the kitchen. Learn how to harvest three of my spring favorites: stinging nettle, dandelion, and chickweed.

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Video Recipe: Green Goodness Soup

Video Recipe: Green Goodness Soup

Try using your wild backyard weeds to make a delicious and healthy seasonal soup.

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Video: How to Harvest Chickweed

Video: How to Harvest Chickweed

There are many delicious wild edibles in our gardens and backyards awaiting harvest. If you are not certain of the plants' identification, use your guidebooks to identify them.

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Video: How to Harvest Dandelion

Video: How to Harvest Dandelion

There are many delicious wild edibles in our gardens and backyards awaiting harvest. If you are not certain of the plants' identification, use your guidebooks to identify them. Here are a few seasonal favorites.

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Video: How to Harvest Stinging Nettles

Video: How to Harvest Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettle is a great spring tonic, but the leaves and stem are prickly and will sting bare skin. See how to harvest it in this video.

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Prepping Edible Weeds for Cooking

Prepping Edible Weeds for Cooking

Once you have harvested some of your edible weeds, bring them into the kitchen and clean them in order to create a tasty green soup.

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