Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata

preview hoep 00001 alliaria petiolata knoblauchsraukeIn lucid, rather humid deciduous or mixed forests, between shrubs and on shady, grassy roadsides, Garlic Mustard is one of the most common flowering plants during spring. However, it is rarely observed, because it’s small, white blooms as well as it’s leaves are rather inconspicuous.

This plant nevertheless shows one remarkable feature, which makes it an interesting agricultural crop: Glucosinolates (organic compounds of sulfur and nitrogen) are considered phytochemicals which are believed to have health-favourable properties. The latter turn Garlic Mustard into a very aromatic spice for salads, spreads and cream cheese preparations.