What a topsy-turvy country we live in when a wonderfully abundant edible weed like nettle remains unloved and unused by most of the general public. Obviously, its sting does it no favours – but cook nettles and guess what, their eye-watering venom is nullified.
When to pick: All year round, though younger leaves are more desirable
Where to find: They are often found in overgrown areas and are easy to find
How to spot: A dank green colour with venomous hairs
Use: Most people know about nettle soup, but lesser known is its ability to be used in a similar way to spinach - folded into a curry or a pie. You can also use nettles to make excellent (and super thrifty!) beer!