This morning I lost my motorcycle clutch near a Stinging Nettles patch I have been intending to visit. I did not find all the pieces that flew off, but it did give me an unexpected chance to pick some of the Nettles.
Because my hands are a little course, I can pinch off the shoots with my fingers. Those with more delicate digits may want to use scissors to snip them into a vessel, or good leather gloves to pick them by hand. Once cooked, they will lose the sting. I often saute them - very good with other seasonals like Morels and Ramps. Today, these Nettles will become soup.
Nettles are very well known as a sort of herbal nutritional supplement. Many make an infusion with the dried leaves for regular use. These early shoots, which grow in patches and can be eaten stem-and-all, are a special springtime treat for those who love greens.