It’s official: Summer is finally here. It sure took a little while but we’ve been inhaling the midnight sun and wandering outside of the garden probably more than we should. It’s hard to stay in our little plot when there are so many exciting things that will come and go much quicker than our steady supply of salad greens.
The last delicacy that we’ve been collecting is the stinging nettle. This fiery plant will pack a stinging punch that will irritate your skin for hours (or days if you make serious contact or have sensitive skin). Harvest with caution! And gloves!
Nettles are incredibly nutritious and have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. Cooking them removes the sting and they can be enjoyed in soups or as a side dish similar to spinach. I enjoy them dried in an herbal tea mixture for an extra boost of iron.
Well, now that we’ve been wandering around, it’s time to catch up on the garden. This will be our last week at market and next weekend we’ll be at the Alaska Botanical Garden 15th Annual Garden Fair. We’ll take a month or two off to get our fish and food and be back in late summer with some garden and seed saving support. Happy harvesting everyone!