Early Spring Foraging Hike

We can meet to carpool at Greenlake P&R at 9:00. Then off to the mountain. Let's get a good hike in, but allow for some time on the way back to harvest nettles on the lower slopes - or wherever we found most along the way. Bring gloves, scissors, and bags, as well as hiking essentials. We will do future hikers a favor by removing nettles from trailside, while providing ourselves and our families an amazing spring tonic and wonderful wild food. Yes I can tell you what to do with them. Or we can go back to my place and just do it.

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  • mike

    I had a great time on the hike and learned a lot in the process. Our organizer, Phyllis was very knowledgable on the subject and was a great host. I look forward to more outings like this.

    April 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a a great group of people we had yesterday. Everyone enjoyed both the hike and the nettles. We all agreed we should do more like this.

    April 3, 2011

  • Steve W.

    I really enjoyed spending time with our group. Phylis, in particular was wonderful and very, very knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm was contagious.

    April 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Discovered some neat edible wild plants, had a nice hike with a great group, and an added bonus of snow at the summit.

    April 3, 2011

  • Kai S.

    Phyllis, we're so sorry. We had an unexpectedly difficult night and ended up sleeping through our alarm this morning. Will there be another trip, or was this a one shot deal?

    April 2, 2011

  • Kai S.

    Gotcha. We will see you at the P&R!

    April 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Kai- glad to hear you are in whatever the weather. Whether we do an "after-gathering" preparation session will depend on how long we spend hiking, how long it takes to find prime nettles, and how long we spend gathering, etc. I realized after I mentioned in my description that we might do such, that Sat if the only day I can go see my son's play. It starts at 5 in the U District and I'll need to clean myself up first. I have a basic route/plan but I am receptive to the will of the group.

    April 1, 2011

  • Kai S.

    By the way, Phyllis, are we gathering afterward to learn how to use these things? I've never used nettles, but they got me real good a couple of years ago and I wanna eat 'em and show 'em who's boss.

    April 1, 2011

  • Kai S.

    Jami and I won't bail even if it is like it was today - we were hiking up there last weekend in worse than this!

    April 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay people don't panic; it's not supposed to be as bad as today. We have a forecast of showers for tomorrow. Meaning in this case we might have rain some of the time, but not all of the time, and the wind should be gone. The upside of grayness & dampness means that this popular trail won't be quite as crowded. Be sure to bring your bags, scissors & gloves (dishwashing type, not skiing type), and raingear. The more people who bring raingear, the less it will rain. That's just how it works.

    April 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been asked to clarify whether the 9:00 meet time is at the P&R or the Trailhead. We will meet at the Greenlake P&R at 9:00. For those wishing to meet us at the trailhead, we will be there by 9:45 or so.

    March 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    To Laura: Hey, bring the recipe if you can coerce it out of her!
    To Elliott: It's going to be okay - really. Even if you get "stung" it's mild and will be gone in hours. Promise you won't get stung after it's cooked.

    March 29, 2011

  • Laura K

    I have a friend who made nettle pesto recently. She said it was really good, much milder than basil of course, and gorgeous green

    March 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    On the hike: Right next to Issaquah, Tiger Mountain is our best close-in, lower elevation (e.g., not up in the snow) hiking area. It is a State Forest, preserved for a natural area and recreation. Plenty of well-maintained trails to choose from, we can cover as much as 2000 feet if we want to. But I thought I'd leave it up to the group how far/high we want to hike before gathering. It's a great way to scope out best nettle spots, a lovely time in nature, and a good work out, all in one.

    1 · March 29, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    On nettles: Most hikers know them as a trailside bane, stinging our bare hands/legs as they brush by (an edge species, they seek light at trailside, roadside, shorelines). Wild food enthusiasts know them as spring's first tonic, packed with nutrients. Steamed, the spines wilt and become harmless, and they taste wonderfully "green". Blanch briefly & tuck into meal-sized ziplocks to freeze. Hang them upside down, bases of stems bundled in rubber bands, to dry for tea.

    March 29, 2011

  • Audra

    Hi Phyllis, I have a bag of nettles. I have made a tincture, tea and eat sauteed in my food. What are some other suggestions? How do you freeze them to preserve the green?

    March 28, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you comment about what nettles are and their general uses? Also, what is the hike like? I unfortunately can't make it, but others may want to know!

    March 28, 2011

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