Sama’s abuse to great use 49 Comments

Sama aka nettle was used as a weapon of choice for disciplining kids in some areas back home.  It grew everywhere back home and I would think it is for the most part considered a useless weed until a child misbehaves and the parent goes out looking for it.

Sometimes the mischievous child who got Sama beating at home would try to share the experience with a classmate that s/he bullies at school.  The leaves are covered with tiny stinging hairs that produce stinging pain which causes itching and skin irritation that is more memorable than a simple spanking, but probably less abusive than any beating you got as a child.  I also had heard some people back home used Sama to make a gomen kind of wot with it.

Nettle use has been reinvented in the US of A.  I go to some of the restaurants here in Cali that gets written about on the local newspaper to try their food and also glance at the menus of the ones I don’t get to eat at.  The popular and sometimes main ingredient in some of these newer restaurants has become nettle. It is being made into soup, salad, entrée dishes, pizza topping and tea and has become the spinach of top chefs. Apparently nettle has medicinal values too.

It has been used in dishes at French restaurants and I am sure in a whole lot of other countries as traditional food before making its way to California tables.  I was just not able to find information why it is becoming popular here.  While I was looking up for information why it became so trendy,

I run into information that was very interesting like the annual World Nettle Eating Championship in England that started in the 80s to resolve a dispute between local farmers over who had the longest nettles.  I would like to know why nettle is hip now and how else it was used back home. If you happen to know how Sama was cooked, please share the recipe.

49 Responses to “Sama’s abuse to great use”


  1. 1 Nolawi

    There are 2 types of Kettle plants.. only the stinging kettle is the one that is painful I think..

  2. 2 Telisi

    Has anyone ever ate “Ye Sama Wet” backhome in Ethiopia. I had! It was “shpitze”!

  3. 3 Wurgatu

    @Telisi:yesama wet?…yigermal betam!am here in ethiopia and will start looking for it…

  4. 4 biskut

    never heard of ye sama wot or sama being used for food.i wonder how they get rid of the hair like irritants before cooking it .If someone knows…. do share !

  5. 5 Telisi

    @Wurgatu
    That’s right. I had Ye “Sama Wet Be’ Injera” growing up backhome even on holidays. I do not remember how my
    mother used to make it. Nonetheless,It was delicious and healthy, i might add. Our next door neighbor was once invited and they loved it. I am hoping that there ought to be someone out there who knows the detail that goes in to preparing one.

  6. 6 endalc

    wurgatu,and telisi.i went took to this opetion .he from hem . i ll give you .some advic. i doent know mR .telisi .what do you went to hem . this .need shear meit with frequent. firends bay frequently supjecet .but .you wite .frot of hem .brok i ll bake

  7. 7 Sabrina

    Where on earth parents are using Sama to punish their kids, it is very cruel, it is against UNESCO principles.

  8. 8 Totit

    Weye UNESCO…we r talking about Ethiopia eko…

  9. 9 Adey

    Nolawi – most of the nettles have the stinging hairs.
    C’mmon Sabrina – it is a lot less cruel than spanking.
    Telisi – I thought you said you haven’t tried it? who said their mama made it?
    Totit- lol

  10. 10 gatachew

    woring or worning or worth .i doent know .what do you say . i think you was .safer .astand .verey.far awy .for me.see. there.our.unnauun.dangers.gourps because you nose will .that your packground . how is come her. until at this .time you never involive and.conefece.??

  11. 11 Totit

    gatachew, another endalc in the making or endalc got tired of his nick….

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    Totit I am wondering the same thing!

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