Joined: Sun Mar 16, 2003 2:55 pm Posts: 48 Location: Fort Worth, Zone 8
My folks moved out to the country between Joshua & Cleburne in the fall of 1969. My dad tried everything to get rid of the bull nettles, but the only thing that seemed to work was to cut them down & put an empty metal can over the stump & stomp it down. That worked really well, for about 30 years. Just recently he's noticed them coming back & out of curiousity dug down on a few. Every one had the rusted remains of a can around the base. He's on very sandy soil, lots of goat pellets for fertilizer, not compacted, but only about 10"-12" of soil above a limestone bedrock. He's organic by benign neglect, but does have a lot of native plants in the pastures. Any thoughts, y'all? One of the wildflowers of Texas reference books, by a very thorough lady whose name is impossible to pronounce, states that the seeds of the bull nettle were sought out by the Indians as a tasty food. Anyone have any info on that scary thought??
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Joined: Sat Oct 11, 2003 1:13 am Posts: 28 Location: Greenville,TEXAS
Believe it or not but the bull nettle seed is very tasty. You wait till the dry and start to crack open. Using gloves to harvest but they taste between a brazil nut and macadamia nut. Good raw or toasted. I would love to find some to harvest.
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