Samuel Pepys on stinging nettles
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Posted on Fri, Apr. 13, 2007
Stinging nettles have many uses
"The English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, "Long live the weeds." You'd think as a Brit he'd know better. He certainly couldn't have been thinking about our weed of the week, the stinging nettle.
"Nettles seem to have been used for food for at least 2,000 years, and nettle soup is still being made today. The early tender leaves are boiled in stock with other herbs. The diarist Samuel Pepys, on a visit to his friend William Symon, was served a "dish of nettle porridge" which Pepys (a self-styled connoisseur) thought "quite good." Fresh leaves were collected before the plant flowered, dried completely, crushed and steeped in hot water to make tea."