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Hello,

I know that it is possible (and healthy) to eat nettle leaves. But is there any part of the nettle that is toxic (stem, roots, flowers) ? I ask this because it would take less time to cook a whole nettle than to pick all the young leaves.

Thank you in advance and have a nice day.

Pierre

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Hi Pierre,

No part of Urtica dioica is toxic, however the roots might be too fibrous to cook with the rest of the plant.  You could just snip the ends off with a pair of scissors.
My favorite way to prepare them is as mock asparagus soup.  I boil them in chicken stock or broth, then puree' them in the blender.  I use half the stock they were cooked in, add chicken broth, half and half or cream, sherry and curry powder, shallots, and salt and pepper to taste.  It's delicious, and people are incredulous when I tell them it's stinging nettles.
Thanks,
Susan

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Susan Tabor

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Entomology,plant pathology, agronomy, native plants, useful and edible plants,medicinal plants,landscape design and installation, plant taxonomy and identification, cultivars and varieties, Botany, nutrient deficiencies, plant recommendations and troubleshooting.

Experience

35 years as a professional horticulturist and landscape contractor. I have a network of contacts at leading universities and with acknowledged experts in the field. I've restored the landscapes of several plantations, 2 Governors mansions and owned/managed 3 nursery/garden centers. I discovered a new subspecies of Emelia in 1997. I've locally introduced several native or volunteer species into mainstream landscape design.

Publications
Morning Advocate The Register Better Homes and Gardens All Experts - Approx 1996-97

Education/Credentials
Louisiana State University - horticulture David L. Hoffman - California - phytotheraphy

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