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nettles-msg - 10/23/01


Use of stinging nettles in period. Preparing them. Recipes.


NOTE: See also the files: herbs-msg, p-herbals-msg, salads-msg, angelica-msg, herb-uses-msg, soup-msg, A-Mazng-Herbs-art, hops-msg, sumac-msg.





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   Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                         Stefan at florilegium.org



Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 10:14:22 -0400

From: "Louise Smithson" <smithson  at mco.edu>

To: <sca-cooks  at ansteorra.org>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] Nettles (was viking cook book)


I have to contradict you.  I am originally from the UK although now living in the US.  I have eaten nettles.  Nettles are edible but only when they are young.  I have harvested them in spring when the plants are less than 4" high.  Once you cut them down to the ground they resprout and you can cut them over and over again.  They are not eaten as a stem vegetable, more as a leaf vegetable.  The most widely available substitute is actually spinach.


Once you cook the nettles they loose their stinging property and cook way down (start off with a big bag of greens, end up with enough to feed 4 people).





Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 11:26:51 -0400

From: johnna holloway <johnna  at sitka.engin.umich.edu>

To: sca-cooks  at ansteorra.org

Subject: Re: [SCA-Cooks]   Viking cookbook//nettles


Stinging nettles [Urtica dioica] are naturalized in the US.

See: http://www.naturepark.com/snettle.htm






I would be cautious about wild gathering in the US,

due to spraying. They are considered to be a weed.


Johnna Holloway



Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 11:34:21 -0400

To: sca-cooks  at ansteorra.org

From: "Linda M. Kalb" <lmkalb  at mail.med.upenn.edu>

Subject: [Sca-cooks] Nettles (was viking cook book), rutabegas,



> They are not eaten as a stem vegetable, more as

>a leaf vegetable.  The most widely available substitute is actually spinach.


The picture of nettle soup in the Viking Cookbook does indeed look like

it's made with a leaf vegetable, somewhat smaller than spinach.





Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 23:00:18 -0700

To: sca-cooks  at ansteorra.org

From: Anne-Marie Rousseau <acrouss  at gte.net>

Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Nettles (was viking cook book), rutabegas,



on nettles....

we eat them all the time up here, they grow wild. harvest them with gloves

and throw them in a cookpot. The heat quickly inactivates the toxins that

make them sting. Nettle soup is a favorite of mine and they're very yummy

in medieval dishes that call for miscellaneous greens, like herbolade, or






From: "Decker, Terry D." <TerryD  at Health.State.OK.US>

To: "'sca-cooks  at ansteorra.org'" <sca-cooks  at ansteorra.org>

Subject: RE: [SCA-Cooks]   Viking cookbook

Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 08:19:19 -0500


> If you can't get nettles you might try cardoons. They are a

> member of the same family.


> Finnebhir


I believe you are incorrect.  Nettles are members of the family Urticaceae

genus Urtica.  Cardoons are are members of the family Compositea or

Asteraceae genus Cynara.  The cardoons are related to thistles.




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