10 Edible (and Free!) Springtime Wild Plants

7. Stinging Nettle

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Stinging nettle can irritate your skin if you are not careful, so take precautions when you harvest this plant.

You also need to harvest it before the seed-setting and flowering stage begins or else you take the risk of irritating your urinary tract.

As long as you follow these two guidelines, you can put this plant into pesto, polenta, purees, soups and tea.

The tea form of stinging nettle can reportedly help your kidneys and cardiovascular system. Applying the tea to your skin may reduce issues with rheumatism and influenza.

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