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Foraging for stinging nettles in BC

a close up of a green plant

Stinging nettles are a nutritious and tasty forest snack, easily found in the forests and by waterways like ditches in BC. They taste a bit like spinach and are packed with the vitamins and minerals that are so good for a body. They grow plentifully and must be harvested in spring with gloves to protect your hands from the formic acid that’s on the little hairs of the plant. Boiling or steaming stinging nettles removes the sting, steam for 4 minutes and enjoy with butter and lemon as a side or use to stuff pasta (ricotta nettle ravioli is wonderful).