One thing I remember reading in the copious amounts of Victorian-era fiction that I read is how often book characters ate nettles. This always confused me, because in my mind, nettles were simply painful weeds used by my siblings and me only to pull up with our bare hands to prove how tough we were. So that is why the idea of eating nettles confused me.
However, it turns out that nettles are a sneaky plant that is actually amazingly delicious once you get past all those prickles. The flavor is similar to a mild spinach, and nettles are amazing at fighting inflammation and contain a ton of nutrients like potassium, calcium, vitamin A, iron, magnesium, and the elusive vitamin B-6. The secret to utilizing nettles is simply to cook them- once cooked, the prickles disappear and the histamines that make you sneeze and itch are removed.