A few weekends ago, I went out to the woods for the first time since getting back at the end of Feb from my winter trip to Arizona. It was very rainy and muddy, and I couldn't really stay long because I had somewhere to be, but it was still great to see old Pacific Northwest pals like sword ferns, Indian plums plants, and Siberian miners lettuce.
I love my visits home to Arizona, and even within that famously arid state, one kind find pockets of lushness. But they are, indeed, pockets, and I have missed the damp and dripping profusion of green that is the Pacific Northwest wilderness.
So I was happy to see the flora mentioned above, but the true target of my walk was to find nettles. And I found them, and, even with my limited time, was able to grab enough for a version of a St. Patrick's day dish I was making that week. The plants were plentiful that weekend and the next when I went out with other pals.
If you haven't been out yet, but love nettles, now is the time! We are getting to the end of the season and they are going to soon be too leggy to be tasty. This coming weekend is currently forecast to at least NOT be rainy, so grab your gloves, scissors and bag, and head out for a snip.