American Bushman

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Garlic Mustard

The Garlic Mustard is coming up everywhere here now and, as a non-native invasive species, will starve out other wild flowers and native plants. The plant is prolific and drives the local naturalists crazy as they try to figure out ways to eradicate it. The fact that the weed is edible seems to escape them.

It has not escaped us though.

To identify Garlic Mustard, I use the following features plus my familiarity with the plant:

1.The flower looks like a small broccoli floret--they're related.
2.The leaves are heart shaped with serrated edges.
3.Crushing the leaves smells like garlic.
4.The root looks and smells like horseradish.

We've eaten the leaves raw in salads and cooked like spinach. The roots, sliced and fried in butter, make a great replacement for fresh garlic out in the woods.

Give them a try sometime.

Thanks for reading,



At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found some in my woods as well. We chopped them and put them over our salad. Really nice garlic taste without the lasting aroma on your breath.
It's also called Hedge garlic over here (probably the same over your way as well).
Pablo's Woodlife

At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does it produce seed we have none i can find here in alabama i will gladly pay shipping thanks chris in al.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger American Bushman said...

It sure does Chris. You can eat the seeds too.

I'll try to get some for you but be advised that planting it could easily lead to infestation.

Maybe putting it in a big flower pot or raised bed would be a good idea.

No joke, this stuff is massively prolific and will choke out other plants...


At 7:40 PM, Anonymous UpNorthica said...

I've got to try this. Will look for it on an upcoming hiking trip. Thanks!


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