hist-brewing: Nettle beer

Caller Web Bill bill at bracewel.demon.co.uk
Sun Jun 3 05:02:26 PDT 2001

In message <001001c0ebbc$f8acb120$091aded1 at me>, Proteus
<proteus at powerof3.com> writes
>This might be a silly question, but hey...
>What is Nettle?

Stinging nettles - green leaves slightly hairy on the upperside.  if you
brush against them they sting - not too bad but uncomfortable.  
Urtica Dioca.  They grow plentifully around human settlements (& former
settlements).   Flora Britannica says they like phosphates but my
personal observation is nitrates.

Culpeper  helpfully says " Nettles are so well known that they need no
description; they may be found, by feeling, in the darkest night."

He goes on to credit nettles with curative powers for just about
everything (what on earth was strangling of the mother?).

More modern authors say they contain Iron & Vitamin C.


Barnacle Bill

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