Nettle picking

After meeting all those great folks from Cascadia Wild at our last outing tracking, we were invited to go stinging nettle picking.  Though it is spring, it was a typical winter-like day, pouring rain really.  But we decided to go anyways, because if you don’t get out when it’s raining here in Portland, you won’t be out much!

The water was very high.

I don’t know where the water comes in the dryer months, but I’d like to go back just to compare, because it felt that it was flooded quite a bit.

We found stinging nettle and we are learning more about it how to use it, and know that are best picked in the spring, before it flowers.

Stinging NettleUrtica dioica, is a perennial plant that are covered with tiny stinging hairs that can cause some irritation, by injecting histamine.

Most folks picked the nettle with bare hands, but we did with gloves, and it felt better.

And we still got stung with the nettle.

But also learned we can rub mud, the bottom sides of ferns (spores), baking soda, but something that we found was plantain, and it really helped and took the pain away.

This is Plantain.

We also found this branch on the ground, where you can see where a woodpecker had lived.

We also found licorice fern.

I like the taste.

Growing in these tall, tall trees.


And someone who really liked the taste.

Other things we found:


Another beautiful day out of doors.


5 thoughts on “Nettle picking

  1. Heather April 16, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    What lovely photos! Looks like fun 🙂

  2. Catherine Forest April 20, 2012 / 7:31 pm

    We LOVE picking wild edibles! It looks like such a fun outing!

    • naturallyfundays : marcela April 20, 2012 / 9:05 pm

      Yes it was! We’ve done others by ourselves, but it’s more fun as a group, and we can learn so much from these new friends we’ve made.

  3. mamascout April 28, 2012 / 6:11 am

    this looks amazing. we take stinging nettle for allergies. i did not think to eat it. we step in it in the woods all the time. i might try your pesto recipe. thanks!

    • naturallyfundays : marcela April 28, 2012 / 7:39 am

      Hi MamaScout. This is our first spring really trying new recipes with nettle. It’s been fun. We really liked the pesto. You should try it!

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