You probably won’t face much resistance when harvesting Alliaria petiolata, more commonly known as Garlic Mustard. Our simple technique is to hold the main (axial) stem firmly and close to the ground, wiggle, and pull straight up. Garlic mustard does not have a vast network of roots, so plants typically pull up with minimal collateral damage. Since they do not propagate vegetatively, you also don’t have to worry about leaving small bits of root behind like you would with a plant like Phragmites.

Garlic mustard flowers and immature siliques with my thumb for scale. Photo Credit: S. Sim

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(Hunting & Gathering Garlic Mustard originally published May 16th, 2011 by Sheina Sim)