Garlic Mustard

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Garlic Mustard

Post: #258030 Greg
Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:46 pm

Hello. I've been foraging loads of nettles recently. I've also been getting some garlic mustard along the way, or at least I thought I had been. I'm not so sure now.

I had been collecting those plants that look very much like nettles without a sting, and grow near nettles, with reddish stems and white flowers. Very common. They definitely have a unique smell, but since I haven't really used that much garlic in cooking I cannot pinpoint them as a mild garlic smell or taste.

Here's a picture

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Have I been harvesting the wrong plant?

Thanks for the help

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Re: Garlic Mustard

Post: #258033 Milims
Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:07 pm

They are dead nettles. If you pull the flowers off and suck the end that attached to the plant it will taste sweet.
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Re: Garlic Mustard

Post: #258042 Millymollymandy
Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:18 am

What she said! My garlic mustard (Jack by the Hedge) hasn't even emerged in seedling state yet, but it has a definite garlic flavour, although it is a quick garlic hit followed by a bitter note. It looks very different, so I suggest you google it and look at the images of flowers and leaves compared to what you picked.
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Re: Garlic Mustard

Post: #258062 fungi2bwith
Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:10 pm

Dead nettle leaves can be used in the same way as stinging nettles (red dead nettles are also common). The flowers are quite pleasant scattered in salads. A good identifying feature of dead nettles is the square stem (it is easy to feel the stem and the four sides are quite obvious) which is typical of the mint family.

As mentioned above, please take care with your ID to avoid eating anything unpleasant.

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Re: Garlic Mustard

Post: #258093 Somnophore
Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:20 pm

Yes that's a dead nettle but round here Jack by the Hedge/Hedge Garlic is fully grown and have been out for few weeks, starting to flower now,.

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Re: Garlic Mustard

Post: #258178 Millymollymandy
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:21 am

That sounds very early! Mine is in woodland though so is later than that out in the open - but this year I wouldn't be surprised if it's because it is so dry and even the grass has mostly not even started to grow yet this year and some is already going brown. :(
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