Snack time!

Got a cravin’ for a salty snack?  Feed that hunger and help the environment at the same time by chowing down on leaves of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolate), an invasive exotic plant that has gotten quite a foothold in Sewanee. These chips are almost like kale chips, except that each comes with a “handle” — the leaf petioles are tougher than the blades so are best left uneaten. Garlic mustard was brought to North America by early European settlers as an edible. It can be prepared and eaten like any greens. Yumm! Good news — this biennial will be around for the picking all winter long. Pull up the entire plant and compost the roots.  Just be sure to limit your feasting to plants that are away from roadways and have not been sprayed with herbicide.

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