Fruits and vegetable week: Knoblauchsrauke from Ritterhude

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Na Bha

Jan 15, 2011, 10:55:18 AM1/15/11
Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)  german Knoblauchsrauke is a more or less a weed, growing everywhere. The genus name Alliaria, "resembling Allium", refers to the garlic-like odour of the crushed foliage. Lawrence Newcomb gives the species name Alliaria officinalis for this plant. The leaves, flowers and fruit are edible as food for humans, and are best when young. They have a mild flavour of both garlic and mustard, and are used in salads and pesto. They were once used as medicine. In Europe as many as 69 species of insects and 7 species of fungi utilize Garlic Mustard as a food plant, including the larvae of some Lepidoptera species such as the Garden Carpet moth.

tanay bose

Jan 15, 2011, 2:56:50 PM1/15/11
to Na Bha,
Thanks for sharing
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Gurcharan Singh

Jan 15, 2011, 8:58:13 PM1/15/11
to tanay bose, Na Bha,
Yes Nabha ji
This plant correctly known as Alliaria petiolata (syn: A, officinalis; Sisymbrium alliaria), is common in the Himalayas also, I remember it from Kashmir for its garlic like smell of crushed leaves,  it is also known as garlic mustard, garlicwort and hedge garlic.

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