x

Food

Nettle: A Plant that Stings, a Plant that Heals

November 15, 2019

Plants know how to survive! One of these plants is the worldwide known and infamous nettle (Urtica dioica). You have met it in your garden, in the wild, in the park…with not the best impressions. It grows as a weed almost everywhere and the contact with it is quite unpleasant because of its sting.

Why on earth should a touch with plant hurt so much? And how it does that?! This plant developed this mechanism, because it simply does not to be eaten! It protects itself and its nutritious and yummy leaves by predators. If you carefully look with naked eye (or even better with a magnified glass or microscope) you will see millions of small hair covering all parts of the nettle. These hair contains substances which makes our skin itchy and irritated. When we touch the plant, these hair like nettles inserts in our skin these substances.

If you found yourself in this situation, better rub some mint or lemonbalm that you maybe find grown nearby. Even though it hurts, humans from the past started to figure out its nutritious value and how they can exploit it. When nettle is cooked, is not hurtful for human consumption and plus it gives us a great nutritious value in our plate. In Greece, Epirus, Thessaly but also Pontian population collected nettles for the liver, the bile and the artery system. Hippocrates believes that it is panacea for every illness as a medicinal plant. It provides a great amount of iron, calcium and many other mineral salts, but also antioxidants.

It can reduce blood pressure, constipation and blood sugar. This is why traditional pies with nettles were very common, mainly in Pontians. Pontians called nettle “kinteata”. If we want a tasty and nutritious “gemisi” filling in pie, we boil nettles and then we remove the water. After we saute in olive oil onions, garlic, nettle, parsley and dill. We could also add feta in small pieces. Taste is out of this world!

* The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.

Evropi-Sofia Dalampira

Agriculturist-MSc Botany-Biology and PhD Candidate in Agricultural-Environmental Education and Science Communication

RELATED

McDonald's is expanding sales of its meatless McPlant burger to hundreds of locations.

Top Stories

Church

BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in its recent meeting dealt with the ecclesiastical coup perpetrated by the Patriarchate of Moscow in its canonical jurisdiction, calling it an “immoral invasion and intrusion.

Church

NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.

Events

STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.

Video

SNF’s Health Initiative Will Support Child and Adolescent Mental Health

ATHENS - When we think about childhood injuries, we usually think of scratches, a few stitches, maybe even a broken bone.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.