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Nettle tea sweetened with molasses is a gentle way to increase iron levels for those with low iron like myself.

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Don’t harvest nettle leaves after they have flowered though. Old leaves develop “cysoliths” that can irritate the urinary tract if ingested (thanks Beverley Gray).

First spring ephemerals

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Firrrst. Coltsfoot is always first around here.

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Vi-ol-ets. I’ve made jelly with them, and to be honest, it tasted like…sugar. I’ve also made a drink syrup with them – also tasted like sugar. I think this year, we’ll pick some for salad and call it a day. Or you could always do THIS with them if you want to go really crazy.

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Bloodroot. Lots more than last year, but not enough to harvest. Yet.