Contrary to the name; nettle leaf tea doesn't sting! In the UK, an annual World Nettle Eating Championship draws thousands of people to Dorset, where competitors attempt to eat as much of the raw plant as possible. Competitors are given 60 cm (20 in) stalks of the plant, from which they strip the leaves and eat them. Whoever strips and eats the most stinging nettle leaves in a fixed time is the winner. We don’t know why the competition started but it dates back to the 1980’s. We would definitely recommend giving this a go as a tea, maybe not eating it competitively.