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.