When most think of nettles, they think of a weed that needs avoidance due to it's "stinging nettles". I like to think of plants like this as protectors of the secrets- they try to keep you away, smart beyond our years, and they usually hold a nutritional bounty.
What is it about dandelions that make them so resilient? Every spring they appear in hordes and take over our grassy lawns and gardens. Found in almost all four corners of North America, dandelions are not given the great healing, and culinary quality, that they deserve. Like nettles, most people see them as pests, but if you look closer you will see a tonic plant like no other!
One of my favorite foods growing up was dill pickles, and to this day, pretty much anything with dill will be gone lick-ity-split in our house. Fresh dill is the best, but after a good season, harvesting dry seeds for pickling and canning is a great way to add digestive support to any food.