Thursday, February 10, 2011

Edible Plants of California's Edgelands: Pick with caution!

© 2011 Joshua Stark

I'm back with another installment of the "Lands on the Margin" series on edible and useful plants, this time with a really interesting find:  Nettles!

Nettles are found throughout the world.  The most common nettle for me while growing up was known locally as "electric grass" (Urtica dioica), and it was found in folks' ditches.  It's a nasty plant to brush up against, as it is covered in tiny hairs that emit a stinging acid when touched.

Lately, California has been invaded by a nicer, gentler nettle plant, Urtica urens, the dwarf or common nettle.  Though it, too, stings, it has far fewer hairs, and it stays small when it grows.  I believe dwarf nettles are resistant to glyphosate (Round-up herbicide), which is why they are starting to make a strong showing throughout farm country.

This video was shot and dramatically improved, again, by abbynormal of This Old Blog, an incredible videographer.  Only the mistakes were mine.

4 comments:

Kari said...

That was awesome. You need to do more of these soon.

Mr. Fashion House said...

Always great to see a new video post! You should do one on cooking nettles soon too. ;)

Josh said...

Thanks, folks! And Mr. FH, we will definitely be showcasing your kitchen in our next installment: cooking nettles!

fortherecordproductions said...

Glad to see you had time to post it! Now on to the kitchen...