Garlic Mustard

Garlic mustard , also known as ‘Jack-by-the-hedge’, is often found along hedgerows and verges. It grows prolifically in damp soil but isn’t invasive as it has a tap root.

As a biennial, member of the brassicaceae family, it flowers in the months of april to june and can be left to self-seed for an enduring presence in any forest garden verge.

The leaves and flowers provide fodder for a great variety of insects including moths. Its also rather tasty for humans too.

Garlic mustard is a surprising salad crop. I remember the first time I tried it, I was shocked by its potent garlicky flavour. The leaves can be particularly potent on their own so it works well tossed in with other salad leaves to make an interesting mix.

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