Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ramps and Nettle

With an incoming thunderstorm keeping most folks off the trails at the nearby county park, today seemed like an ideal day to go pick some nettle shoots and try to spot a better patch of ramps.

Part of a massive colony of ramps. They're easiest to spot now, when little else is growing, but better to eat before the leaves appear, or after the flower dries.

Little nettle shoots. I didn't bring gloves, but picked them until my hands where too irritated to continue. Nettle is it's own remedy - a few leaves and a bit of stem, crushed and rubbed into the stings, mostly fixed it. Jewelweed is 'juicier' and seems to work a bit better, but it's still out of season.

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