These are foraged stinging nettles. I was surprised to hear that stinging nettles are edible. I remember hiking once on a trail overgrown with them and getting red welts all over my legs. A minute boil in water deactivates the stingers. I hesitantly tried one after pulling it from the boiling water and got no stings. They taste like spinach but much stronger. very delicious! After our harvest last weekend my boyfriend and I made marinara sauce and pesto. Spring is the best time of year for foraging nettles because the leaves are young. Wear thick gloves and cut only the tops of the plants.
marinara with nettles
pesto with nettles, cooked and chopped nettles bottom left