The stinging nettle itself is only one variety of the plant, which is collectively named "nettle plant". In Europe, approximately 45 sorts of this plant can be found. The different sorts grow between 10 and 250 cm high. Their very small and often unrecognised blossoms are often pale-white. By the way, not only small insects fly onto the inconspicuous blossoms, but also a lot of different types of butterflies use the stinging nettle as food plant when they are still caterpillars. The human being, however, likes the younger shoots better and uses them, depending on age and freshness, for salads, spinach or even for delicious cheese. A freshly brewed stinging nettle tea can be described as typically herbal with a slight hint of spinach.