*Harvesting Nettles: When you pick nettles be sure to wear long pants, long sleeves, and thick gardening gloves, and cut the plants with scissors, because if you don’t, you will get stung. Also, pick the top third of the nettle plant and to only pick when it is still young, to ensure the freshest, tastiest leaves that have the highest nutritional value and best medicinal properties. Also, the plant will still be able to grow and then you can harvest it again. Older plants tend to be more bitter and fibrous. For handling them, use tongs. Nettles will last in a bag in your fridge for about two weeks. Cooking, food processing, freezing and/or drying nettles will get rid of their sting.