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Garlic Mustard Horseradish

General Posts, Herb, Medicinal, Raw, Recipes

Garlic Mustard Greens emerging from the ground.

Garlic Mustard Greens emerging from the ground.

Today I harvested garlic mustard for the spicy white roots to make a horseradish-like condiment.

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is an invasive plant, brought to America in the 1860’s as a culinary herb. It spreads like wildfire and often will displace native mustards and cresses. Many parks hold days where people can come volunteer to pull out garlic mustard so it doesn’t take over other native plants. This is one weed no one will mind you pulling!

Now is a great time to use garlic mustard: the leaves are tasty and not too bitter, as the weather warms the leaves get more bitter and lose their spicy garlic mustard flavor.

washing the garlic mustard in a colander

washing the garlic mustard in a colander

To make the condiment, harvest the entire plant, and wash the roots well. The roots are white and have a horseradish-like smell. They will taste spicy.

Garlic mustard roots

Garlic mustard roots

I chopped the roots:

Chopped Garlic Mustard Roots

Chopped Garlic Mustard Roots

I blended the roots in a food processor with a bit of salt, a couple teaspoons of water and about 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and blended until it looked like horseradish: (It stung my eyes! Pretty spicy…)

Blended in a food processor with a little water, salt and apple cider vinegar

Blended in a food processor with a little water, salt and apple cider vinegar

Here it is, in a jar:

Garlic Mustard "Horseradish!"

According to Chinese Medicine, the spicy or pungent taste of horseradish and garlic mustard enters the Lung meridian, and is known to clear the sinuses and help the body get rid of respiratory infections. (For more on Traditional Chinese Medicine and health, visit our sister website Birch Center for Health.)

Here in Pittsburgh, wild edibles are just emerging from the ground. Today we also found nettles! What is popping up where you live? We’d love to hear from you!

Melissa Sokulski, acupuncturist, herbalist
Food Under Foot

  • Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I liked it a lot. I will try it out.

  • Garlic mustard is the greatest among the herbs contain many healing properties and used to treat abscesses, bronchitis, colds,
    rheumatism, toothache, ulcers, and stomach disorder like diseases.

  • rival0000

    Wow nice recipe. Garlic is my favorite food.

  • Lynette

    At last! A recipe suggestion for this weed that I think I may like and use. I put some leaves in salads simply because I think they are good for us... not because I really like them. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Thanks Lynette!
    I really enjoyed the "horseradish" (made with garlic mustard roots). I hope you do, too. Let us know!
    ~ Melissa

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