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Garlic Mustard

Observed: 12th May 2013 By: Paul RobertsPaul Roberts’s reputation in PlantsPaul Roberts’s reputation in PlantsPaul Roberts’s reputation in PlantsPaul Roberts’s reputation in Plants
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Species with which Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) interacts

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yeoman's picture

Garlic Mustard

I'm very sure this is Garlic Mustard, which should also have a feint garlicky smell to it when leaves are crushed.
It is edible, and the roots have a mild horseradish flavour.
Please be careful when eating wild plants, make absolutely sure you have identified correctly, and pick away from likely contamination areas.

Rachy Ramone's picture

"likely contamination areas"

...like, for instance, anywhere near to a footpath where dog walkers could possibly have been...

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

Paul Roberts's picture

Contamination

Oddly, I was walking past these again not half an hour ago, they are located on just such a footpath next to a swathe of wild garlic. I was just remarking how astute it was of the wild garlic to locate itself there. "No-ones going to put me in a salad with a dog pooh bin not five feet away." it seemed to say.

Rachy Ramone's picture

*snorts with laughter*

Sadly, there are hardly any footpaths not contaminated with dog poo: and I've learned to avoid botanising within 50 yards of any car park or layby, for the same reason.

I have to say, the more I learn about botany, the less inclined I am to ever suggest that people eat/use plants picked at random from the wild - as opposed to grown from verified seed - as there are far too many opportunities for mis-identification!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

cicuta58's picture

Edibility

I have nibbled this species twice this year and, although it refreshed my palette, I would definitely not like to use it in salad!

cicuta58