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  1. outlanderfan
    March 1, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Look at you with your video! I love it, you’re a natural!
    I would never have thought you could eat nettles fresh without getting stung (Need I remind anyone of a certain steamy scene in DIA?). And I didn’t realize they were packed w/more nutrients than spinach. Not only are you keeping Outlander alive for us in the kitchen, you’re also teaching us nutrition, lol- thank you!

    • Theresa
      March 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Hey, Jenn! Love that scene in DIA…in fact, I’ve got a post coming up with that scene verra soon. After all, it’s nettle season!

  2. How cool was this! I need to head out and find me some nettles. I live in a wooded area but don’t think I’ve ever seen them before. When I do find them, I’m going to make your nettle spaetzle. 🙂

    • Theresa
      March 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Christiane! It will make you a spaetzle convert! LOL

  3. ruaTimeTraveler2
    March 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I learn so much…you surprise me everyday….It is a JOY to see what you are up to next!!

    • Theresa
      March 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Aww, thanks to you, my time-travelling friend!

  4. Lee Ann
    March 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I love nettles! I mostly use them dry since I don’t get the chance to forage for them a lot (since I live in the city…) but some day! We picked them with bare hands in herb class…my teacher said that the acids in the stingers can help improve arthritic hands! I found that very interesting…

    • Theresa
      March 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Like bee stings, I guess? Interesting!

  5. mrs graham
    March 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    THAT WAS AWESOME!! so informative. i could tell you were nervous and out of breath, but you did a great job and i know you’ll get more comfortable with is as you do more of these. WHICH I COMMAND YOU DO!

    your transitions were really well placed, if a bit fast in some spots. again, something to get better with as you go forward. i super-loved how you showed us everything to do with the nettle, even eating it raw.

    and i loved “meeting” you, murph. keep up the OUTLANDISH work! <3

    • Theresa
      March 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks, Evi! I learned a lot doing that first one and there are a few tweaks I’ll make for next time. It was fun, if just a little scary posting myself for you all to see. 🙂

  6. Silvia
    March 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you! I learned something new about nettles. Had no clue you could eat them, I just thought they were only good for having Jamie beat you with them. What do you know.

    • Theresa
      March 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      LOL, Silvia! Just you wait… 😉

  7. dearli13
    March 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    i had no idea what nettles were until i watched this video. thanks! now if only i can find some in brooklyn…..

    • Theresa
      March 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I’ll bet there’s a foraging club in Brooklyn…although nettles may be a bit tricky…except at your local Farmer’s Market this spring – try there!

  8. Kiri W.
    March 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Wow, that was interesting! 🙂 We had nettles everywhere in Germany, such a common garden weed, yet I have never cooked with them.

    • Theresa
      March 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Kiri — nettles are right up your alley!

  9. 1left
    March 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Hi Theresa, I’ve dried stinging nettles for 25 years now during the month of May and have found limited uses for the fresh nettles, I love the looks of your nettle pesto so I gotta try that, I may try a caraway, mint or sweet cicely pesto as well or mix them in a combination. Nice to see folks with culinary creativity appear on the wild food scene. Thanks for sharing.

    • Theresa
      March 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      How wonderful! I hope you have a look through the links to the other nettle recipes too…fresh nettles are fantastically tasty.

  10. bullrem
    March 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    This was just OMG amazing. Who knew? Well, you knew and I am the better for it and for finding your site. Thanks a bunch “of nettles”…… haa haa
    Helen in Ark.

    • Theresa
      March 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      So glad you found us, Helen! Your comments always make me smile. 🙂 (see?)

  11. Peggy
    March 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I loved the first episode! You’re made for the camera =)

    • Theresa
      March 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks, Peggy!

  12. Linda
    March 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I live in the desert. What are my options for obtaining stinging nettles?

  13. Lora
    February 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Will definitely try this! Thank you so much for expanding my world!

    • Theresa
      February 5, 2015 at 7:45 am

      I’m always happy to meet another enthusiastic forager! Enjoy.

  14. Joyce O'Donnell
    February 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    When visiting friends at their French home they made a green soup and had us guess what we were eating, Nettles! It was delious.

    • Theresa
      February 5, 2015 at 7:44 am

      Yes…the French love nettles! They know what I have also learned…that when picked fresh, they’re the tastiest green on the planet.

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