A free veg for the self-isolating

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Maybe your garden is tamer than mine, but I started some weeding and was prompted to do some research. This is what I found.
When using nettles in the kitchen, the best advice is to wear a thick pair of gloves, and then handle them as freely as you want.
.... food-safe stinging nettles can be ordered through specialist ingredient websites or directly from professional foragers.
Nettles must be blanched to remove the sting, so any raw salads are out of the window.


I liked that last comment - would never have thought of that by myself!!
Now shall I try them?
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Go on, Mo. I double dare you. {rofwl}
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Well, when I grew spinach I sometimes ate it with poached egg. And it says they taste a bit like spinach so I might.
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Let us know how you get on Mo {rofwl}
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Well I tried, and while it was not actually unpleasant I can see why it's not generally eaten. I'm not starving yet, so I won't repeat the experiment.
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My other half's mum used to have a theory that the young leaves didn't sting you, and she sent her kids outside to collect them for soup. Already resentful, and her a terrible cook, the nettle soup was absolutely hated!
We have lots of ground elder, which I'm told can be eaten like spinach too - can't say I'm enthusiastic, but it might help get rid of it.
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We have lots of ground elder, which I'm told can be eaten like spinach too - can't say I'm enthusiastic, but it might help get rid of it.[/quote]

Perhaps Mo will do a taste test for you, FR.
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I only eat things that I recognise.
Have tried various things ONCE evem Morris dancing. Didn't think much of Ink cap mushrooms
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My grand-daughter likes to chew the nasturtium leaves that rampage over my garden in summer, bit spicy for my taste.
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I love nasturtium leaves and flowers, very nice in salads, which reminds me I have some seeds somewhere to sow, will get it done tomorrow.
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Had a try of the ground elder.
A slightly chewy texture as a salad leaf, but a kind of lemon-y aniseed-y flavour. Not at all unpleasant if you're short of greens.
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