Filson Food: Garlic Mustard Potato Salad
Early European settlers brought garlic mustard to North America for food and medicine. Meeting favorable conditions in the New World, the species escaped from gardens, thrived, and spread uncontrollably. Today, garlic mustard has spread over practically all of the northeastern and midwestern United States and has made its way into Colorado, Utah, and as far west as Oregon. While common methods to control garlic mustard include burning, pulling, and spraying, you can also eat it. The whole plant is edible; its garlicky, peppery flavor makes it a fine substitute for arugula, mustard greens, or watercress. Although the plant is much maligned in the New World, garlic mustard holds a longstanding reputation in food history: it is one of the oldest herbs/spices used in Europe.