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How to find free local food without risking death or maybe a really bad rash.

1. Recall vague memory of your high school biology teacher noting that this widespread weed is edible somehow.

Garlic mustard flower2. Flip through your copy of Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson. Frown.

3. Flip through your copy of Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson again. And again. And again. Frown some more.

4. Go outside with your copy of Edible Wild Plants by Lee Allen Peterson and stare at the plant. Flip through the book again. And again. And again. Develop permanent line between your brows.

5. Feel sad because you know that later your mother will see your new wrinkle and say, “I told you so,” and you really don’t need that right now.

6. Finally settle on toothwort, eaten for its horseradishy root, even though the leaves don’t seem quite right.

Garlic mustard root7. Pull up the plant and sniff the root. Feel elated when it smells pungent and horseradishy.

8. Look up toothwort on the Internet. Feel discouraged again when the pictures still don’t look right.

9. Come across pictures of garlic mustard, a plant popular in Europe but an invasive species in the Americas. Yell, “Bingo!”

10. Rip leaf from plant and verify slight garlic odor from bruised leaf.

11. Look up recipes using garlic mustard.

Next week: Annie uses the garlic mustard without dying or developing a really bad rash.

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One Comment on “How to find free local food without risking death or maybe a really bad rash.”

  1. AsperGirl Says:

    I’m quite in the same boat! Loved the pesto recipe. Thank you Annie!