It is recommended that you wear gloves and long sleeves when harvesting stinging nettle. Ha. Leave for about 2/3 weeks if seeds are fresh or 4 weeks if dried and strain the seeds out. Keep the gloves on while youâre preparing the nettles as well. The rhizomes are double-layered, consisting of an upper layer of young runners and a deeper layer of thicker, more fibrous roots. […] Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try picking and drying the seeds yourself. I’d really like to use them on food also as edible -decorative but …never tryed! . When harvesting I remove the leaves from the stems a field then when dried I do not have to deal with leaf matter when screening. The roots I am discussing in this article harvesting are from Urtica dioica dioica, which is what I wildcraft and farm. I make a delicious seasoning from nettle seeds, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, mixed herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Itâs easiest to start from a transplant, but if you donât have access to a stinging nettle patch, start your own plants from seed. Perhaps I shall make my fortune marketing them as the new ‘mother’s little helpers’. This versatile and popular herb has been utilized for centuries across the globe. Whispering Earth has a wonderful blog post on the health benefits of nettle seeds. I have a garden full of nettles, (on purpose, I don’t “weed” as everything has its own reason to be) and an abundance of seeds at the moment – I also live in a mess of a house! Your nettles will be ready to harvest between 80-90 days from seed. I hope they help to ease the return to work for you. All the nettles can be used for food and medicine. I want to compare British nettles with Kenyan nettles. I have used nettles for a long time, but never the seeds. Hi, I have thousands of seeds if you’d like some? You can consume them fresh or dried. One of my all-time favorite herbs, stinging nettle has been grown and foraged for food, and used in textiles and medicine, for thousands of years across many parts of the world. Set up three large tubs of water, and place the roots in the first tub. All my books say not to eat the seeds…never! Sorry I can’t be of more help. In heavier soils, they may be shallower, while sandier soils may lead to deeper growth. All you do is fill a jar with seeds cover with vodka or another alcohol that is at least 40%. I too love nettle seeds. Great article on nettles. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It flowers tiny, fuzzy white blooms in the spring and summer, and self-seeds in the fall. According to a study by R. W. Hartman, published in the journal for Phytomedicine, U. dioica extract inhibited 5-alpha reductase activity in high concentrations. They are best harvested green and when the threads that hold them droop towards the stem; they are ready. Are you taking the seeds fresh or dried? They help with the general stress response, they strengthen the adrenals, and they’re loaded with minerals and trace elements’. When starting the nettle seeds, begin by placing nutrient-rich soil in a grow tray. I have never used them in this way but thank you so much for sharing your video, I will look forward to watching it later. Stinging Take up to a teaspoon a day and see how you go, you can use more or less depending on how they affect you. Dosage: 1/2â1 teaspoon of fresh or dried seeds sprinkled into salads, soups, stews, etc. Female plant ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. If one wished to keep fresh seeds for use, do they freeze well? Most people prefer to harvest using gloves to avoid being stung. Gradually increase up to a couple of tablespoons if it is well tolerated. My question(s): Do you (or do you know of any who) have experience using nettle seeds as a base for baking bread and is recipe available for those who like to try? This means they help the body handle stress... all kinds of stres s, by supporting adrenal function. All the nettles can be used for food and medicine. Harvest the leaves while the plant is young and before it flowers. I remember that when I first started to collect herbs and make my own remedies it would always annoy me when writers skimmed the surface of the topics they were discussing, making assumptions that their readers already knew how to make this or that. Sounds wonderful. According to Henriette, ‘Nettle seeds are adaptogens. Started in 1998 by Jere Gettle, as a means to preserve heirloom seeds. Bag up your harvest, making sure the area you disturbed is restored and covered back up with vegetation, leaf litter, organic matter, or mulch to protect the soil and help it to revive more quickly. Your nettles will be ready to harvest between 80-90 days from seed. I can’t give specific recommendations without a consultation but from what you have said I think nettle seeds would be an ideal addition to your grandmother’s diet. Sprinkle them on salads, soups, in sandwiches or blend in smoothies. Wash them with gloves on and stick them into â¦ This year, after you harvest the young leaves in the spring and the seeds in the late summer, why not try digging up some roots in the fall? This is the time when energy from the plant is directed toward root production rather than to the leaves, seeds, or flowers. Whereas the leaf is gentler and more nourishing however, the seed packs more of a punch. Here’s some info about how to correctly identify the plant and safely prepare the […], […] daily routine.