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    Default Forage of the Month - a Challenge

    The idea is that, each month we choose an easily identifiable and findable wild plant to forage. We pick it, prepare it and compare recipes and opinions.
    Feel free to suggest plants - not fungi or anything which risks being confused with anything poisonous - or the Mods will be complaining, and you know what they're like when roused.

    For March - I suggest Nettles. We all know a nettle when it stings us!

    Roger Phillips in "Wild food" suggests that nettles are best colleccted when they are no more than a few centimetres high. Wear gloves and cut the nettles with scissors; strip the leaves from the stems and wash well.

    I've made nettle soup with onions, potatoes and stock, liquidised.

    Roger Phillips suggests Nettle beer - which only needs a week from picking to drinking. It needs 100 stalks so I don't think I'll make it!

    Anyone joining me??
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    Yep...I'm up for it ... I will try and find what you suggest!

    Nettles should be easy enough, and I love nettle soup!

    Nice thread
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    Nettle beer has got my interest. Especially if it only takes a week.

    ( yes, I know! I'm going against everything I've just said in another thread .
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    Count me in - nettle soup, when we lived in Sweden they all made it.

    What month do we get the elderflower champagne (that isn't champagne unless you live in the specific region of France, protected status and all that )
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    What a great thread.
    How about creamed nettles, I can vouch for it as a tried and tested dish, easy to make and tasty.
    Follow any recipe for creamed spinach, I favour German-style recipes and tend to be heavier on the garlic and have a scrape of nutmeg to serve.

    If the nettles are a foot tall use only the top rosette of 5 or 6 leaves and pick before May or the leaves might contain oxalic acid crystals which can lodge in the kidneys. Point to note here also, nettles are diuretic so maybe don't eat them the night before a long journey or visit to the cinema Nettles picked after May have a strong laxative effect.

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    Nettles have a lot of old traditional uses, I believe they can be used in "Dock pudding" and in omelettes, Colin Mabey's book talks of making a puree for use in Nettle Haggis amongst other things, he likens the taste to similar to pea pods.
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    Dandelions can be used this time of year, the older leaves might be best used like spinach
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    I wonder whether we could post recipes on here too VC?
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