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sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 7:33 am    Post subject: Garlic mustard/Jack by the hedge  Reply with quote    

Noticed on my way home last night that the garlic mustard is looking lovely this year, a good one to pick for omelettes, saag, salad etc

For those of you new to foraging may I recommend this as a good one to try, its easy to identify and very versatile.
Wikipedia has some pictures
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliaria_petiolata

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It is very nice. Get the young, bright green leaves at the top. And a few of the flowers make your salad look good too.

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

picked some of this on the way out of my brothers little allotment patch, he had no idea what it was or that it was ediable so we took it home and had it for lunch, then went into his garden and found a big patch growing under his hedge.

Faithmead



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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

katieOwl introduced us to Garlic Mustard a couple of weeks ago....we've got masses growing here

maryf



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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yup, loads here too, unfortunately I'm the only one who really likes it in this house, but I can sneak a bit into salad. . . . and a bit chopped into scrambled egg so that it's just wilted is good.

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wonders if this is the stuff growing on every hedgerow here.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

its very widespread at this time of year, you can check if its the right id by crushing and sniffing then tasting a scrap, the garlic flavour is umistakeable

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

found my first patch of ransomes this week, so i'm all enthused about forraging

emmac



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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh fab - thanks for the tip! I have seen loads of this in hedges near me, so I'll give it a try

nettie



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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love ramsons but a not so keen on the garlic mustard - I find it a little bitter. Does it improve with cooking?

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

apparently so - or pick the young first year leaves -

I read this mind - not personal experience

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 10 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nettie wrote:
I love ramsons but a not so keen on the garlic mustard - I find it a little bitter. Does it improve with cooking?


I've found that the bitterness varies enormously. The first leaf I tried was lovely, a very gentle garlicy flavour but later on, on the same day, I found it very bitter.

I wondered if it was anything to do with the time of day? The sun had been on the leaves between the two tastings and I also wondered if that made some chemical changes which resulted in bitterness.

EV

Nicky Colour it green



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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 10 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i always find Jack by the Hedge too bitter.

AnnaD



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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 10 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I noticed that it's growing along the border of our garden, so I'll have to give it a try.

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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 10 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

colour it green wrote:
i always find Jack by the Hedge too bitter.


i found it and it seemed a bit bitter to me as well. there's loads in a damp spot near here, so wonder if ti's worth getting to cook with

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