Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica
The common stinging nettle is a wild vegetable with a flavour similar to spinach. It’s ideal for salads, roasts, soups, pastas, omelettes, savoury pies and breads. It adds a rich texture to green smoothies and snack bars, and can also be used in sweet dishes such as pancakes. Besides the delicious taste, nettle has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was used as a diuretic and to treat joint pain, anaemia and eczema. The ancient Romans considered nettle seeds as a potent aphrodisiac and used them to make love potions. Nettle is packed with vitamins A, C,E and K, and iron, potassium, manganese and calcium.