Friday, 8 April 2011

Garlic Mustard - Alliaria petiolata

Yum Yum, that's all you can say about Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), it's lovely and certainly one of my favourite trail side nibbles, although as the name suggests, don't eat too much if you are going to be in close proximity to people, the young leaves are edible raw or cooked and have as the name suggests a slight to mild garlicky mustard flavour, it's also thought that the ingestion of the leaves of this plant aid and strengthen the digestive system, it has various medicinal uses including use as a antiseptic, vermifuge, antiasthmatic, deostruent plus a few other medicinal  uses, you can also use the plant to obtain a yellow dye, most importantly, just enjoy it for it's flavour, as always, please make sure you are 101%  certain in your plant ID before ingesting ANY wild plant, IF IN DOUBT LEAVE IT OUT is a really good adage to work to.

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