Ahem...back to the Stinging Nettle..i've seen recipes for it, such as stinging nettle quiche, here is a link to some recipes via Mariquita Farms , you might want to peruse through their website... it's a goodie.. at least i think so!!!
Nettles can be made into clothing and rope, it's just an all round good plant to have 'handy' in quantity!!
i know that dried nettle leaves are good fodder for poultry and other livestock but found another website Vitality Magazine that had a few other uses... including wine...... hmmmmmmmmm nettle wine... would be good with beef i'll bet... and here is a link for a Dandelion and Nettle Beer the ingredients also call for other wild goodies, like Burdock!!
as for growing Nettles.. they absolutely LOVE manure... richer the soil the better... at one time our barn was utilized by horses, cows, chickens etc., and the 'wastage' has now been transferred to a very healthy crop of
Nettles... a whole field of it as a matter of fact....they are well loved by many different species of butterflies and moths, as you can see from this photo..
the Nettle has been revered by generations past and hopefully for future generations to come... mmmmbeer anyone??