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Common Sorrel (Rumex Acetosa) is otherwise known as Spinach dock. It is a close family member of the Dock plant. It grows best in rich soil which is well drained and loves either full sun or partial shade. Often found growing in meadows or fields, it is a welcom food source for much wildlife. Growing from spring to late autumn and lasting for around eight to ten years, sorrel is a welcome cheap addition to the garden. Around mid June to July the Sorrel will produce reddish green flowers. It is easily recognisable by its long, large arrow shaped leaves. It has a very sharp and yest zesty flavour and is a great addition to a green leafy salad. It is also often substituted for the likes of spinach although some caution should be adhered if using sorrel. Sorrel produces a large level of Oxalic Acid which if you east in excessive amounts can cause problems as it removes calcium from the blood. It can also cause damage to the liver. If using sorrel only on a mimimal basis, and infrequently though, this should cause no adverse affects, as with all herbs, if used in excess they can cause some side effects. Sorrel was used in the olden days as a cure for scurvy, it was also used in teas, linaments and lotions to treat a wide range of ailments.
Sorrel is one of Europes most favourite herbs, this especially is the case in France. It is widely used there in soups and also to make sauces.
To end with, for an abundant crop, little nurturing and for a long lasting addition to your kitchen, Sorrel is a cheap, tasty herb suitable for one and all. It is easily propogated from seed or can be purchased in a small pot from your local grden centre.
Oh that's just what I was going to say. Short but sweet. :-) I had this growing in one of my past gardens and thought it was just a weed until a more enlightened visitor pointed it out and took some away with them!
ice_pink 31.07.2007 18:53
Short but sweet, lovely review :)
Minha 26.07.2007 13:23
I WAS going to say that I would think that not many people knew about this - seems I was right! :o) Hazel xx
Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa). At the bottom of the leaf there is a sheath that form a ... more
papery tube around the stem showing that it is part of the dock family, the leaves of common sorrel are arrow shaped, unlike the other docks but alike with its cousin sheep's sorrel. Sorrel is dioecious meaning male and female flowers occur on different plants. Sorrel can be used in a salad or in soup, it has a sharp flavour like that of grape skin, due to the presence of oxalic acid.