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"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Wild Stinging Nettle?


If this is what I think it is, I've hit the jackpot for my herbal teas this year.  Is this stinging nettle?  I see spiky thing-a-ma-jobs (can you tell I have kids?) all over the center stem and on the leaf stems.

More photos.




If it is, I'm gonna need a few more herb drying racks.  I'm heading out to the big barn and ripping off some siding.  Woo hoo, barn destruction has started.  

A teensy bit anyway.



14 comments:

JES said...

Brush your hand against them and you will know immediately :) What a find! We also have them growing and I have dried them for teas. They are excellent for women's health.

Susan said...

Looks like it to me! Bonanza!

Mama Pea said...

Looks like stinging nettle to me. But, gosh, what a big bunch of it you have there. Seems like it must have been there last year if not longer. Watch out though or it will take over the whole acreage!

EMMA said...

Does it sting?
We've been having nettles in our morning smoothies. Apparently nettles are good for hayfever as they reduce the hitamine in the body!! but it's snowing here today so my boys allergies are not bothering them.

Kristina said...

Jes, Hubby said that it stings his legs when he mows, so it has to be stinging nettle.

Kristina said...

Susan, I can't believe I never saw it there before.

Kristina said...

Mama Pea, I am getting some barn wood ready to make another herb rack, then I'll let Hubby weed wack the rest.

Kristina said...

Emma, I have heard it's great for allergies.

Carolyn said...

How lucky to find that....and withOUT being stund to find out :)
I've been looking for stinging nettle on or around our place for years and haven't found any.

Kristina said...

Carolyn, I was out walking dogs, and saw it. I caught it before Hubby weed wacked.

RB said...

I Googled it, selected [Images] and it does look like some of the strains shown there. You might want to double check with Google to see what you think though. If it is, it's prone to aphids which can decimate the plant quickly, so watch closely for those.
God bless.
RB
<><

Kristina said...

RB, thanks!

Sam I Am...... said...

It looks like it and I had it on my farm and ouch did that stuff hurt! I walked through the pasture and got it just about all over me and I was "hurtin' for certain"! Wear gloves! It hurts for a long, long time too!

Kristina said...

Sam I am, I went to cut some today, and saw that a few leaves trapped a few bugs and spiders.