Garlic mustard is an invasive species that was brought over to North America by European settlers at the turn of the 19th century. Foraging for garlic mustard not only helps the native plant species in affected areas, but it’s fun to play with culinary-wise, too!
WHAT’S GARLIC MUSTARD?
If you’re new to foraging, garlic mustard is an invasive plant species that was introduced to North America at the turn of the 19th century.
The European settlers valued it for its medicinal and culinary properties.
Today, it’s seen as a weed and for conservationists, one that’s threatening native species.
In forests, garlic mustard is starving native plant species by robbing them of the soil fungi they need to thrive.
This is why conservationists are starting to encourage people to pick this plant.
Some other names that it goes by include Penny Hedge, Poor Man’s Mustard, and Garlic Root.…