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#Nettle harvesting is enjoying a well-deserved revival in the Pacific Northwest. Commonly known as stinging nettles, this prickly-leaved plant that stings when touched grows well in our region and is sought-after for its ability to relieve #allergies and for its nutritive content: nettle leaves contain the highest plant source of iron. The flavor is similar to spinach.

Before foraging:
• Obtain permission to forage on private land. Many landowners will be happy to let you pick what they consider a noxious weed!
• Wear protective clothing and the heaviest work gloves you can find.
• Pick nettles away from freeway traffic and where they are free of contamination by agricultural pesticides.
• Harvest leaves early in spring, before seed heads appear. Pick the smallest leaves, starting where the second leaves meet the main stem.
• Use nettles as you would spinach and incorporate the leaves into everyday recipes like lasagna, quiche, soups or casseroles!

Here are 2 great #recipes using nettles!

"Delectable Nettle Smoothie"
by Christie Mae Qualey
makes about 1-4 servings

2 cups pure water
3-5 leaves kale (organic)
1 small handful nettles, freshly picked
(use gloves!)
2 large mangos (organic)
1 cup Fuji apple (organic)
1 cup ice

Blend kale and apple.  Add water and part of the mango and blend again briefly.  Add the greens and remaining fruit and ice.

"Creamy Nettle Soup"
by Debra Daniels-Zeller
(serves 4)

1 Tbs coconut or canola oil
1 large onion, diced
1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
4 stalks celery, siced
1 head garlic; cloves separated and peeled
4 cups vegetable stock
1 baked potato, skin removed
10 cups nettles, rinsed
1/4 cup light miso
1/4 cup cashew butter
1 lemon, cut into wedges
croutons or grated Parmesan (optional)

Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add oil, onion and pepper flakes. Stir, reduce heat, cover and sweat the onions until transparent.
Add celery and press garlic cloves into the mixture. Stir and cook for a few minutes. Blend in 3 cups of stock.
Purée the potato into the remaining cup of stock. Add it to the soup. Stir in nettles and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until nettles are tender.
Purée soup, no more than 2 cups at a time in a blender.
Blend in the miso and cashew butter. Return to soup pot and heat gently for a few minutes.
Serve with a lemon wedge and top with croutons or cheese, if desired.
Debra Daniels-Zeller is author of The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook: 200 Recipes That Celebrate the Flavors of Oregon and Washington (Timber Press, 2010). She is a regular contributor to Vegetarian Journal magazine and writes a delightful food blog at She can be reached at (425) 776-4689.
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2951 S 38th St Tacoma, WA 98409
2951 South 38th StreetUSWashingtonTacoma98409
Health Food Store, Deli
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Today 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Monday 8:30 am – 8:00 pmTuesday 8:30 am – 8:00 pmWednesday 8:30 am – 8:00 pmThursday 8:30 am – 8:00 pmFriday 8:30 am – 8:00 pmSaturday 8:30 am – 8:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
South Puget Sound residents have long regarded Marlene’s as their trusted resource for green, organic and sustainably-produced foods, supplements, beauty care, and household products.
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"Marlene's is the best place for organic, local, and gluten free options!"
"Also, has a great little deli that serves up the same healthy organic food."
"Okay this is the best "Vegan" place hands down, they have everything!"
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Nicole Russell
7 months ago
Marlene's is the best place for organic, local, and gluten free options! I'm not personally on a raw or vegan diet but there is a large selection for that too.
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Cassandra Culver
a year ago
I LOVE MARLENES!! Not only do they have great items, but all of the employees are exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable. Especially Joe in the produce, he is VERY conscious and aware of where the produce is sourced. I would highly recommend Marlene's for both the health and the environmental aspects! They're purpose is NOT profit, but rather the COMMUNITY. Love this place! Kudos to Marlenes.
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Mike Tyson
a year ago
Best in Tacoma for mass organic stuff. Omg. A hippies paradise. I love it!
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Mitchell Barbor
2 years ago
What a wonderful market! Great food, excellent service, plenty of choices! Keep up the great work, we love you being in Tacoma!
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Isaac Kumia
a year ago
vegan's, vegetarians, and people who like to eat healthy and organic. Marlene's Market and Deli is for you. This place has that old school supermarket feel for people who like to shop organic and healthy. Also, has a great little deli that serves up the same healthy organic food. Also, Marlene's helps local buisness as well by selling local buisness vendor's items in there store. Helping stimulate the local buisness kool kool kool.
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Miguel Arredondo
a year ago
Okay this is the best "Vegan" place hands down, they have everything! Very great for spiritual warriors like myself. Fresh produce and if u can't find sumthing look here lol 10/10
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Marty Charon
4 years ago
The quality of the merchandise and food is very high, but there is a HUGE markup, wherein items cost upwards of 50% more than you would pay for the EXACT same thing (not a similar product) at other health food or vitamin-themed stores. The staff at both stores (a larger store in Federal Way) is very pleasant and helpful.
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Susan Sackinger
10 months ago
It's part of the monthly run. You can't do without what Marlene's got.