Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles are a wild weed that most people steer clear from, but they’re is also one of the best tasting and nutritious plants one can find growing in the forests and meadows of Pennsylvania.

Collecting nettles in the spring is very easy because they grow so profusely — just remember to wear gloves because they do have little hairs that sting and cause irritation that makes you itch. Cooking the nettles nullifies the sting and they can be enjoyed just like any of your other favorite cooked greens. Many cultures have used nettles in various ways throughout their history for different ailments. 

Check out the video to see what I like to do to them.


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Saturday & Sunday Tea at Elwood

Beginning October 24, Elwood will host tea service on Saturdays and Sundays. Two separate seating times will be available at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

We’ll feature a selection of teas from local providers, Premium Steap and Oma Herbal Teas. Along with tea, we’ll also be serving an assortment of snacks and bites, including Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired specialties like scrapple, snickerdoodle, shoofly cake, and datch (Pennsylvania Dutch quickbread).