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Garlic Mustard

(Alliaria officinalis)

  
Garlic Mustard is a seriously invasive alien plant. Left to itself, it can completely take over an area, crowding out all native plants. Feel free to pull up (and eat) as much of this plant as you can.

The crushed plant smells of garlic, hence its name.

To prepare Garlic Mustard, simply boil or steam the whole plants (the part that's above ground).

For more information on Garlic Mustard, please visit the Earth Caretaker website, Alien Plants, Garlic Mustard section.

  
Here's a few photos of individual Garlic Mustard plants, to aid you in identifying it.

 
  

 
  

Garlic Mustard leaves in the snow. They remain green and photosynthesize all winter!
  

Garlic Mustard flowers.
  
 
  

This photo shows how this plant can completely take over an ecosystem.
  
Note how closely the Garlic Mustard plants grow, crowding out everythig else.

Easy pickin' for food, however!

  
Last years dead plant stalks, after having gone to seed.