SOR­REL

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Sor­rel ( Rumex spp.) has a lemony flavour that is de­li­cious raw in green sal­ads, as the main in­gre­di­ent in soup, or as the star in lemony sauces. Sor­rel is rich in vi­ta­mins A, B6 and C, as well as es­sen­tial min­er­als in­clud­ing mag­ne­sium, cal­cium, po­tas­sium, iron, cop­per and zinc. It’s high in di­etary fi­bre and health ben­e­fit­ing phy­tonu­tri­ents. All these vi­ta­mins and min­er­als help to boost the im­mune sys­tem, build strong bones, increase en­ergy and cir­cu­la­tion, lower blood pres­sure, pro­tect against di­a­betes and improve kid­ney health. It is also an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in health ton­ics such as Es­siac tea.

Sor­rel is an easy-to-grow cold-hardy peren­nial that likes a rich, moist soil in sun or part shade. It wilts eas­ily when hot and dry but will spring back when wa­tered. Sow seeds di­rectly when the soil has warmed in spring, or sow in trays for trans­plant­ing later.

Young leaves are the tasti­est, with the best lemon flavour.

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