Stinging nettle or common nettle (सिस्नु), Urtica dioica, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America. The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamines and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals. Sisnu, sishnu, Lekali sishnu, Thulo sishnu, Ghario sishnu, Bhangre sishnu or Patle sishnu is the Nepali name for edible stinging nettles. The plant is popular in areas where there is a scarcity of vegetables. They are picked up from moist woodlands, along rivers, forests and many shaded trails. The young tender leaves and shoots are cooked similarly to any other leafy vegetables. Nettles are known for their sting, but cooking completely eliminates their stinging effect.
We are empowering Chepang women by paying them Rs.35 per Kg from the green nettles picked up from the jungle. In one day, one has been able to receive Rs. 350. The pocket money earned from picking up nettles is used by them on purchasing daily necessary items and stationary materials for child. There are total 25 womens who are involved in picking nettles.