Bright Side: Students help find use for unwanted plant

By WEEK Producer

May 15, 2014 Updated May 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM CDT

What is a weed to many is food to another.

On Wednesday, a group of Pontiac High School students plucked an invasive species from the ground.

On Thursday, their teacher delivered the garlic mustard plant to a local restaurant to use in their dishes.

The plants were dropped off to Hearth Restaurant.

The owner plans to use the plant in his southern style cuisines.

"It's an excellent opportunity especially since he's touching young children's lives,” said Hearth Owner Hugh Higgins. “The more we learn about the world that we live in and turning negatives into positives is a great thing."

The students who helped pick the plants are hoping to visit the Hearth Restaurant in the future to try the meals that include the mustard garlic leaves.

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