Having a yard full of nettles usually gets you the reputation of being “that neighbor” who can’t be bothered to weed, mow, or anything else to improve the value of the neighborhood, but in this back-to-nature era, seize this opportunity to brand yourself as super-resourceful and cutting edge by putting those nettles to good use.
Sure, you’ll still be the crazy neighbor, but a healthy crazy neighbor if nothing else. (And then follow the first suggestion for the haters out there. Hee hee.)
Push someone into them
We may as well get this one over with now. There are any number of people who have contemplated throwing (sometime) loved ones in to a forest of nettles. We wouldn’t advise this course of action. Unless you know you can get away with it. Nevertheless, when dealing with annoying family members it must be noted that a cliff is a more effective – not to mention permanent solution.
Make a recession-proof lunch
As long as you take due care when picking the nettles, then when cooked you can rest assured that the sting on the leaves are disables. They are extremely high in nutrients and make a very cheap alternative to other foodstuffs that are becoming more expensive, such as meat and vegetables and everything else for that matter. You could try soup, for a start(er).
Nettles are also very high in calories, have no fat content whatsoever and make a good source of dietary fiber. There is nothing quite like a nettle omelet. The biggest plus of course is that they cost absolutely nothing to harvest and there are a million and one recipes for nettle soup out there on the internet. You don’t even have worry about keeping up appearances here – nettle soup, for instance, is served in the poshest of restaurants in the City of London.
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Back to nature!
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