A view looking down at the top of a garlic mustard plant (Alliaria petiolata). Notice the flower buds and their resemblance to its domesticated cousin, broccoli. Garlic mustard is even better to eat than broccoli because it's free! This stage is the best time to eat it, pick the tender broccoli-like tops and upper leaves. Take care that nobody's sprayed it with herbicide.
This plant was growing in West Lafayette (before I picked it and ate it). March 28, 2012.