May 8, 2020

Iliana Regan

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Field Guide: Garlic Mustard

How to make the most of a notorious weed

If you already know garlic mustard, you may not be a fan. It’s a pernicious, self-pollinating weed, the bane of farmers and conservationists, with each new stalk seeding up to six hundred more. No matter where in the country you live, chances are it’s growing near you. It has serrated, heart-shaped leaves, and flowers with four white petals each. The crowns mimic those of its brassica relatives, including broccoli, kale, and mustard, which it resembles in flavor and aroma. If you pick a leaf and rub it between your fingers, you will immediately understand how it got its common name.

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