Stinging Nettle is one of the first plants to emerge in the forest each spring, and it has an interesting history. One early example is the story of Julius Caesar’s troops rubbing themselves with Nettles, relying on the sting to keep them awake and alert during long and difficult northern campaigns between 58 and 45 BCE.
Nettle is abundant in the spring and it is a very nutritious leafy green that is high in vitamins, minerals and protein. Traditionally in western Canada, there were few edible plants in the early spring and Nettles were particularly prized. It was easily available to people as it could be foraged in the wild.
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