Stinging Nettle (Organic)
Urtica dioica. Perennial in zones 3-10.
An indispensable perennial plant native to many northern regions throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. Grows wild or cultivated in cool, shady, and damp areas in all but the coldest or hottest environments. Loved for its nutrient-rich leaves that are used fresh as cooked spring greens, or dried for use in tea. Leaves are high in protein, Omega-3 fatty acid, and many vitamins and minerals including iron. Stinging nettle tea has so many health benefits it is impossible to list them all here. Beware, the plant earns its name from the small hairs found on the leaves and stems that cause quite the sting. The stinging sensation only lasts for a few minutes for most people but we recommend wearing gloves for harvest and to avoid touching the leaves until they are fully dried or cooked. Plants grow to 5′ tall and spread slowly via rhizomes. An important ingredient for biodynamic compost preparations and green manure liquid extracts.