Garlic Mustard – Edible Wild Flower
Alliaria petiolata, Jack-by-the-hedge, Jack-in-the-bush, Hedge Garlic, hedge-weed, fairy-weed, fairy-mint, Garlic Root, Sauce-alone, Penny-hedge, and Poor Man’s Mustard
Wild Garlic Mustard is a magical fairy-like green plant that grows in spring-time woodlands. It has a single stalk with roundish leaves, and small white flowers at the top. They grow like mugwort so you can easily pull them for weeding or harvest. Garlic Mustard can grow over 3 feet tall. People call it “invasive” because it came over from England in the 1800’s, and it is fairly aggressive in spreading its seed; however it is a very lovely plant that is more useful than most other unwanted plants that people bitch about, so I say to people “chill the fuck out, they are short-lived, pretty, flowering, and edible”. Garlic Mustard leaves can be used as the main ingredient in pesto, its roots can be substituted for horseradish, and its black seeds served as a condiment.