Interesting facts about nettles

Nettle is a favorite treat and livelihood of some species of butterflies (such as hives).

Nettle needles contain formic acid, which burns when in contact with the skin.

The strongest sails were sewn from nettles in Russia and in other countries. In Japan, nettle rope in combination with silk was the main material in the manufacture of expensive samurai armor, shields were made from woody stems, and bowstrings for bows were made of the strongest nettle fiber, twisted and rubbed with wax.

The nettle family includes about 60 genera and more than a thousand plant species. They grow mainly in the tropics.

The most valuable part of the plant is the leaves. They contain vitamins of groups C, B and K in large enough quantities. In addition, tannins and protein substances were also found in them.

Young nettle leaves are added to soups, borscht and other dishes. Used for spring salads.

Perishable food can be stored in nettle leaves, for example meat or fish in the heat can be covered with leaves so that it does not spoil.

The annual "Nettle Festival" has been held since 2002 in the village of Krapivna, Shchyokinsky District, Tula Region. Nettle is depicted on the coat of arms of this ancient Russian village (in the past - a county town): "In a golden field, six nettle branches set by a star, named after this city"

In the food industry, an absolutely harmless green dye is made from nettle.

It is not for nothing that nettle is part of most shampoos, because it perfectly strengthens the hair. You can rinse your hair with a decoction of nettle after washing and do not rinse.

Pregnant women and people with heart disease should not eat nettles.

In England, nettle is used to make wine. To obtain 3 thousand liters of wine, only 40 kg of leaves of this burning plant are required. But the wine also tastes a little prickly, dry and tart.

Tropical species of nettles can sting quite painfully, and from touching some of them, you can simply die.

The Nettle Eating Championship has been held annually in the village of Marshwood in England for more than 20 years, since two visitors to the local shop had an argument about who would eat more stinging leaves.