Sorrel, Garden or English
Garden, Common, or English Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) plant.

Sorrel, Garden or English

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Immature leaves used in salads; mature leaves in soups for tartness.
Garden or English Sorrel
Rumex acetosa

'Garden Sorrel', also referred to as Common or English Sorrel, is an often overlooked culinary herb. Although is resembles a pale spinach leaf, it bursts with a tart, sour flavor that some say is similar to lemon. The immature leaves can be used as "baby greens" in mesclun or salad mixes. More mature leaves are used in soups to provide a layer of tartness. It also has high levels of potassium as well as vitamins A and C.
click for recipe for a recipe for sorrel soup sent to us by a gardening friend.
click for recipe for a recipe for a sorrel omelet.
click for recipe for a recipe for a traditional French recipe of fish and greens.
'Garden Sorrel' plants reach sixteen to twenty-four inches in height and take up a similar amount of space. The leaves are arrow-shaped and can be picked from spring through fall. They are best when small and tender. Keep flowering stalks suckered to help promote continued leaf production. The tart taste is from the oxalic acid (see below) that Sorrel contains.

Plants thrive in full sun to part shade and prefer rich soil. They also do well in large containers if protected from hard freezes. It is a long lived perennial surviving down to about USDA zone 5. We have a stand in our kitchen garden here on he farm that has been coming back every year since we planted it in 1998. Each packet contains one gram of seeds, which is approximately 900 seeds.
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