Garlic Mustard: An invasive wild edible

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) native to Europe and Asia, has become an invasive species within the U.S. These plants are members of the mustard family and taste as such with a strong, garlicky addition.

These plants are often found along roadsides or field edges. The tricky part is to find it far enough away from the road to safely harvest from a health perspective. We like to stay 30ft away from the road to minimize exhaust and drainage contamination. We found some little pockets and harvested a good quantity of this plant. Pulling them out by the roots is best from an invasive management perspective.

The tender stalks make a great pesto and the leaves (stronger flavor) are good additions to soups.