Garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata
You can use the leaves and flower bud shoots chipped up in salads and sauces. Goes great fried in a pan with sausages.
When and where to find it:
Usually found between March and May in hedges, open woods and shady spots.
It’s an erect plant and can grow up to 120cm. The roots and leaves smell of garlic when crushed. Looks very similar to the stinging nettle. Once the weather turns warmer the leaves can taste quite bitter.
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