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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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Harvesting Stinging Nettles

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Yesterday we were pleasantly surprised to find that the property hosting our friend's birthday camp-out was full of nettles! Yes, the stinging kind. The owners were happy to let us collect them to our heart's content, though they were a bit curious about our plans for them. Nettles have a [url="http://www.livestrong.com/article/117168-uses-stinging-nettles/"]wide range of medicinal uses[/url], but we like them best as a delicious treat! Ours are destined for tea and [url="http://theliberatedkitchenpdx.com/recipes/nettle-walnut-pesto/"]Nettle-Walnut Pesto[/url].

If you're going to be spending any time out in the woods, along a stream bank, or picking blackberries, you'd best know how to identify them. Stinging Nettles ([i]Urtica dioica[/i]) have little sharp hollow hairs on the stalks and undersides of the leaves which will inject histamine and formic acid if you brush against them. On most people, this causes a stinging welt or cluster of hives, then starts to feel numb. At any rate, it's not a pleasant sensation! If you do get stung, a paste of baking soda and water, or crushed [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago"]plantain leaves[/url] applied to the hives will help.[img]http://theliberatedkitchenpdx.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/NettleStingWiki.jpg[/img]

Stinging Nettles are easy to identify but also easy to be surprised by, as their medium green coloring blends easily with other plants. They grow straight up on individual stalks in the spring up to a maximum of about 7 feet tall, stay out through the summer, and die back in winter. Heart-shaped with sawtoothed margins come out opposite each other on the stalks. Some varieties have red on the stalks and veins. The small flowers come out from underneath the leaves.[img]http://theliberatedkitchenpdx.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/NettleWiki.jpg[/img]

When harvesting Stinging Nettles it's best to pick ones that haven't flowered or gone to seed. Once they flower, they can become irritating to the urinary tract. You can harvest nettles without gloves, if you carefully pinch the leaves off from their base. We prefer to wear gloves and pull the whole plant up, then strip the leaves. To eat the nettle leaves without getting stung, just process them in some way first. Drying them, heating them, or blending them in a food processor all will neutralize the sting. Then you can use them in any way that you would normally use basil or cooked spinach.[img]http://theliberatedkitchenpdx.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/freshnettles-300x225.jpg[/img]

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