What are the pros? Wonderful flavor
What are the cons? Watch out, it stings!
I'm Italian, and here this wonderful herb is called "ortica". It might not be the prettiest around (even if I actually like its dense, lush green foliage), but it is for sure one of the tastiest wild herbs available, along with borage, catchfly (Silene inflata & italica) dandelion and poppy leaves - way better than spinach, and with the same uses! Try italian-style ravioli filled with boiled ortica, ricotta and Parmigiano, served with melted butter, fresh sage and more Parmigiano. If you feel like experimenting, try adding a raw egg yolk in the middle of the raviolo, or some toasted hazelnuts with the butter.. in any case, try this wonderful tasty herb, generous and strong as only wild herbs can be! You won't regret it for sure. And if you delicately pull it with two fingers from the portion of the stem that is just under the leaves it won't sting you.
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