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PlutoSurvivor
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posted April 02, 2015 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Garlic mustard plant is an invasive species here in the United States. We are being asked to pull up in the plants in the springtime if we spot them on our hikes. It is edible and makes a very nice pesto for pasta or dips, but I don't know if the new buds are edible. I'm presuming so, but does anyone know? Do you forage this, Ami? Since I'm fairly new on this forum, I don't know if anyone has written about it yet.

I would like to collect these plants on my next hike. They are said to have the same nutritional value as Garlic. The leaves are mild in the spring and taste very garlickly when they go to seed.

Here's what else you can do with it:

- Toss some into a batch of mashed potatoes
- Put some in any salad you enjoy
- Add to stews or soups
- Finely chop some garlic mustard, grate a carrot and add both to your favourite gelatin
- Add some finely chopped leaves to quinoa or another favourite grain
- Fill a glass jar with leaves and add organic apple cider vinegar; seal with a non-metal lid and let sit for 4-6 weeks to make a vinaigrette (let sit in an area in which there is no direct sunlight)

- See more at: http://www.ediblewildfood.com/blog/2012/04/eating-garlic-mustard-is-a-win-win/#sthash.FoccsBnU.dpuf

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posted April 02, 2015 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ami Anne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These sound amazing PS

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posted April 03, 2015 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I hope to make the pesto recipe that I saw in a youtube video.

You can also make horseradish sauce from the roots, so I will pull up entire plants and take them home.

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posted April 24, 2015 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted April 24, 2015 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made a pesto already and mixed it in rice to make a "green rice" which tasted very good, btw.

This "weed" is prolific and pretty easy to pull out the roots in the spring. Environmentalists love when we curb invasive species. It's great to be able to eat them and reap nutritional benefits. Maybe that's why they are taking over, to tell us to get eating healthy again.

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posted April 30, 2015 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One youtuber mentions the medicinal benefits of this plant...

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I found that these bitter greens, such as garlic mustard, are great for relieving mild upset stomach, or what we call sour stomach.

Later, I went back through some old text and found that bitter greens were used in the past for just that purpose, maybe that's why good salads still have bitter greens in them. I don't know!

All I do know is they work to cure a sour stomach and that is good enough for me.

There are many greens that will give this effect, mustards, possibly even dandelions.

The best medicine is preventive and eating a salad with a few bitter greens in it prevents sour stomach.

Garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata, is an invasive naturalized species of plant that was originally brought here from Europe as a food source where I believe it's referred to as Jack by the hedge.

The mustard family of plants is a good one to become familiar with for several reasons;

-abundant worldwide.
-relatively easy to identify to family
-the entire family of plants is 100% edible, so identification to species is not required for purposes of ediblilty.
-the entire plant is edible from root to seed
-the plants can be found growing and green year round even in harsh winter environments.

(topic) Herbal Remedy, Bitter Greens For Upset Stomach (by MiWilderness, on Apr 9, 2012) [2:49] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muI1dzv3kOE

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posted April 30, 2015 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good point, mirage, about the medicinal benefits.
It would be great to add bitter greens to salad. I would chop them up and add them like an herb. That way the flavor would disperse.

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posted May 09, 2015 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These go a long way. You don't need much to make a pesto.

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Originally posted by PlutoSurvivor:
Good point, mirage, about the medicinal benefits.
It would be great to add bitter greens to salad. I would chop them up and add them like an herb. That way the flavor would disperse.

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posted June 24, 2016 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The best way to get rid of an invasive species is to eat it.

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posted June 25, 2016 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plants, I mean.

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posted May 25, 2018 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonder if kudzu is edible?

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posted June 24, 2018 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bump!

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posted June 25, 2018 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be good to know how to identify this in case of an emergency.

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posted July 16, 2018 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted September 02, 2018 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A good source of food if things go bad.

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posted September 26, 2018 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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