The leaves can be used in cooking just like spinach, and lose their sting when exposed to heat.
Use the highly nutritious leaves for tea - fresh or dried.
I've received this recommendation for nettle tea from mother of five, Cynthia Skagen:
Stinging nettle tea is an excellent tonic for promoting milk production and uterine tone. It's rich in vitamins and minerals, especially potassium and vitamin K and is high in calcium. After drinking it regularly during pregnancy and breastfeeding five children I highly recommend it.
Some people seem to have developed a technique for picking nettles with their bare hands, but I would always wear gloves!
(Thanks to Maryanne for her inspiring enthusiasm for nettle's nutritional and medicinal properties.)
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