Spring is here and tis the season for foraging! Sadly, the state parks and national forests are currently closed due to COVID-19, but the city parks of Seattle are still functioning. Unlike most of the states, Seattle has some pretty amazing city parks that make you feel like you’re outside urban life and are great for foraging.
Spring foraging is quite abundant. With the new life emerging, this offers a good deal of plants to forage: chives, green onion, leeks, fennel, rhubarb, dill, and nettle. I had never foraged for nettle before (and rightly so at first. Stinging Nettle lives up to its name, and touching it with your bare hands can cause quite a painful reaction).
Prepared with gloves, scissors, and a reusable grocery bag, I took to the weaving trails and found a bunch nearby the creek that ran through the park I decided to try out. Snipping a bag full, I have quite the supply of nettle for a variety of recipes and uses.
Here are seven recipes that you can use your nettle in.
Steamed Nettle with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Chive Blossoms
Creamy Nettle Soup
Creamy Nettle Soup with Kale & Cauliflower
Vegan Nettle Cheesecake
Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Nettle Frosting