You can eat the young leaves of stinging nettles if they haven't been sprayed. This soup is excellent to use in stinging nettle risotto.
This is delicious - 20 Jun 2015
This was so tasty even if the deep green colour was a bit off-putting at first. Don't be silly like me though - I used gardening gloves to pick the nettles then forgot and used bare hands to put them into the pot to blanch - ouch! - 11 Jun 2013