Where the most tasty nettle grows? Of course, in Krapivna!
at the very beginning of summer residents of the village of Krapivna (in the past - the city) that is located in Shchekinsky district of the Tula province, on the small square knock together the improvised scene on which everyone meets in a duel to try “force“. In hands of each “fighter“ a bunch of a burning nettle from which nobody manages to evade. However what would not be the result of these fights, organizers of a holiday will surely treat with pies with a nettle of winners and won.
Local culinary specialists use also as a stuffing a nettle with cottage cheese, with rice, mushrooms and vegetables, dried fruits. And it is possible to try out this salutary grass not only in pies. Everywhere from trays sell sandwiches and nettle pizzas, and even the cakes decorated with a nettle. And if to porassprashivat local handymen about culinary recipes, then for certain each of them will call one hundred more dishes from a nettle. Among them - Russian cabbage soup, soups, a set of salads, pancakes, flat cakes and various drinks from herbs. In a word, everything depends on the imagination and an invention of the person.
Already at the beginning of June (sometimes - at the end of May) when the nettle is poured by curative force, in Krapivna holidays in her honor arrange the eighth year in a row. They pass under the open sky and in any weather. Krapivna was always famous for the fairs, once she was the merchant city. From near and far counties, provinces gathered in here trade people to acquire the most various goods.
Krapivna was always famous for the wineries, there were also excellent breweries, wooden and tanning factories. The local nobleman Andriy de Teyls who traveled around villages and the cities much left reminiscence of a fair in Krapivna: “Note experts are horselovers from hlystika in hands … examined horses, valiantly blinked to red girls“.
Sledge - rozvaln were in especially great demand at buyers. Krapivna was one of the few cities in Russia where there was an artel on their production. 90 - e years of the XIX century became for Krapivna rise of economic development. She worried not one century. There is a record about it in the will of the prince Dmitry Donskoy in which he mentions the city in connection with transfer it to the wife. During Ivan the Terrible`s government the city of Krapivna (earlier the name - Kropivna) becomes fortress at the southern boundaries of the country. In 1778 Catherine II approved a municipal coat of arms which represents a board with six krapivny branches.
The Tula local historians were interested in the name of the city long ago. According to one version, Krapivna began to be called so because a lot of nettle always grew in the local district. But there is also another. It is considered that the name of the city came from the word “spray“. Many scientists believe that Krapivna costs on the big pool with clear water, in the village there are a lot of springs.
For years of the existence of Krapivn changed the status more than once. Over time she was given from the Moscow province in Tula. In 20 - e years of last century this district town was still the regional center. But in connection with nationalization of many enterprises Krapivna`s economy fell into decay. And in 1958 Krapivensky district was liquidated, and its territory passed into structure of Shchekinsky district.
Krapivna endured many destructions about the history, but it always revived. It is curious that krapivenets consider that there is it thanking … to a nettle. So, on the ashes where many houses were burned by enemies, especially in the years of World War II, the nettle sprouted every spring … during a krapivensky festival local local historians organize to
an exhibition of national crafts, on it masters - handymen from different regions of Russia gather. At an exhibition it is possible not only to admire products of recognized masters, but also most to try to make a toy - a penny whistle of clay, to work on a potter`s wheel, to learn weaving of baskets, vases, rugs from willow rods, to make dolls of rags of matter and many other things.
Here you will be told by all means how in ancient times from a nettle produced ropes, threads, networks and even clothes. Every year the known Russian Nettle ensemble participates in a holiday. And still inhabitants of local places say that if at this time to burn a nettle, then illnesses will avoid you for the whole year.