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60 responses to “Grasping the Nettle”

  1. corinne

    I was trying to tell a friend about how much I LOVE nettles and he had this same reaction… like cat pee. No way! I wonder if people are genetically predisposed to like or dislike nettles like how some people think cilantro tastes like soap…he thinks cilantro tastes like soap, maybe they are connected.

  2. Deborah

    Thanks for sharing this info. I’ve been meaning to try nettles for years. I just moved to a ranch where the nettles don’t seem to have as much sting. Now eating them almost daily in anything that I used to add greens to. I’m vegetarian, so the protein is a bonus. This morning fried up a hash with nettles, potatoes, seitan in olive oil.

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  8. Cordelia Fiterre

    I’ve been eating nettles for years and have never noticed any fishiness, until late last week, when I was using up the last of my harvest from early in the week. The nettles were a bit older and had not been refrigerated because my fridge is stupid small, but it’s been chilly here in the PNW and they were on the shady side of the house. Nonetheless, they were not as vibrant as when I usually process them, and when I did, they had a distinct fishy scent and taste that was so strong as to make them inedible to me (a lifelong vegetarian).

    Interestingly, my husband couldn’t taste the fishiness at all, though they did taste a little different to him. Maybe it’s some weird supertaster thing. I’m not a full-on supertaster but my sense of taste and smell is very developed, and I’ve experienced soapy tones in cilantro before. I got over it, but that’s distinctly a supertaster thing.

    It doesn’t sound like your nettles were old at all, so my experience may not help you much, I just thought you might like to know that someone else tasted fishy nettles. Cheers, and happy hunting to you.

  9. Nico

    I’m thinking of a twist on the classic quiche Florentine by using nettles… trying out a frittata today, and the quiche likely next week.

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