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Fresh Garlic Mustard

Fresh Garlic Mustard

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Garlic and mustard in perfect harmony!
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Attendees of our foraging workshops always leave with a smile on their face and with one wild edible that stands out as their biggest surprise of the day. More often than not, it will be the discovery of this fiery plant that puts a spring in their step. Neither a member of the garlic nor the mustard family, this plant has evolved to produce both flavours on account of the vast majority of animals not liking the taste of either, but unfortunately that does not include good old Homo sapiens. Fast-forward a few millennia and we are throwing both garlic and mustard into so much of what we consume that this plant must be high up the shopping list of anyone who likes their flavours bold. As with so much green growth, it goes remarkably well in a salad, but we find it best enjoyed wherever fresh herbs would do the heavy-lifting: we're talking about roasts, stews, dumplings, frittatas and anything else where a bit of freshly chopped herbs tossed in at the end of the cooking process elevates the dish to something far better.

Garlic Mustard is found all over the country in a variety of habitats and is actually a fairly common sight once you get your eye in. At this time of the year, look out for its distinct heart-shaped leaves on a upright stem along paths, field edges, woodland clearings and council-managed verges (before the indiscriminate strimmers have their way!) and you will have access to an abundance of this incredible plant that is sure to become a staple in your everyday cooking. Although the leaves, seeds and flowers can be picked throughout the year, it is the freshest green growth that offers the most balanced flavour, with later growth tending to take on an overly-astringent flavour profile not unlike paracetamol.

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