Yesterday I spent the afternoon with some friends up in the hills by our last home. I wanted to find some young nettle to pick and since everything is at least 6 weeks to 2 months behind up there I figured it might be a good time. We went to where I had found some last year while I was hiking with my Dad and there it was just waiting to be harvested.
There were sweet little yellow violets.
There were trillium (in white and purple).
And, most importantly, there was lots of nettle - young, tender delicious nettle whereas down here it has all gone to seed. We all picked some before heading off for a bit of a hike.
And then I couldn't resist picking a bit more. I had in mind to try grinding some in my Vita-mix and then freezing it in ice cubes because I wanted to take some to my folks for their smoothies.
I blended it with a tiny bit of water (just enough to get the blender to blend) and then poured it into ice cubes trays and froze it overnight.
I tested one of the cubes out in our smoothie this morning and it worked so well I plan to go pick lots more and make a supply to last my own family through the winter as well. It will be such a nice way to get some nettle into our smoothies when there is no longer fresh nettle available.
I set this batch aside to dry for infusions (all kinds of nettle love here as well as how I make infusions) and with that and the nettle a dear friend brought me I should have enough now to last through the year.
Hopefully on the next trip up to get more fresh nettle to blend we'll be lucky enough to find some Shaggy Manes too.