I just wanted to do a quick post to show what I believe to be a good example of the nutritive power of stinging nettles. I will talk much more about nettles later on, as it is one of my favorite herbs to work with. While I was tending to the nettles yesterday I noticed a couple large wood sorrel plants growing among them. I was struck by how large the sorrel had grown! At first I thought it could be Great Wood Sorrel instead of Yellow Wood Sorrel, so I got out my trusty identification guide. Though the size is right for Great, the flowers are not large enough and the leaves lack a purple rim which is usually characteristic of Great. So today I headed to the back field to an area that hasn't been mowed this year to get a reference of the size of Yellow Wood Sorrel right now. 

As you can see they aren't very big. So I went into the nettles and pulled up a large one. I did get a few nettle stings in the process, even with gloves, but I will happily take that medicine.

side by side comparison

As you can see the sorrel growing in the nettles is enormous and looks more lush and healthy. If I'm choosing between eating one plant or the other I'm definitely going with the one that grew in nettles! Nettles have a nutritive effect on our bodies just as they do on plants growing around them. I will go into this more in other blog posts.

A little about Wood Sorrel: It is often called sour clover or sourgrass. You may remember eating the leaves for their sour properties as a child. Wood sorrel is rich in Vitamin C. Historically, it was used to treat scurvy, fevers, urinary infections, mouth sores, nausea and sore throats. Wood Sorrel is a common backyard plant that can be eaten fresh in salads or made into a tea. The entire plant is edible and medicinal. 

Thank you for reading. Please take time in nature whenever you can!