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Stinging Nettles

Plants for Spring 2020 Shipping

Welcome to the Food Forest Farm plant shop! Here you’ll find many of the plants we’ve been growing in the nursery since 2010. These plants will come to you healthy and ready for their new home.

All of our plants are multi-functional, that is, some perennial vegetables can be eaten by a human, or livestock (leaf hay), or be grown as mulch for biomass, and more! You can look at “All” of the plants, or filter with the navigation bar.

Perennial Vegetables: edible roots, leaves, shoots, buds, seeds that come from perennial herbs, shrubs, and trees

Fruit: edible sweet goodness

Leaf Hay: plants to grow and feed to livestock like cattle, sheep, goats and rabbits

Biomass: herbs, grasses, shrubs and trees that grow fast and can be cut and used as mulch, grow soil, fuel stoves and compost piles

Stinging Nettles


Stinging Nettles


One of our favorite foods is nettle pie or nettle spanikopita. With lots of olive oil, feta, raisins, and onions baked in a crispy phyllo dough. After a long winter we savor nettle pie as it’s one of the first nutrient dense vegetables to harvest in the spring. Watch out, as this plant stings the skin until wilted or cooked.

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Stinging Nettle

Scientific name: Urtica Dioica
Habit: rhizomes, runs like a mint
Light: full sun to part shade
Soil: get the most out of this nutrient dense plant by growing in the best soil, otherwise will grow almost anywhere
Uses: cooked green, medicinal, vitamin packed tea
Caution: as this plant stings the skin, and creates large colonies, most people plant it away from other crops