Sheep Sorrel is one of my favorite "weeds". It's an ubiquitous weed in gardens, pastures, meadows, and lawns; and persists in areas of poor drainage and low soil fertility; in gravelly sterile fields; and is very difficult to eradicate. But, well worth planting in the garden!
Rumex acetosella has many common names, but the most common are sheep sorrel, red sorrel, and field sorrel. Flowers are typically yellow to red with male and females on different plants. Sheep sorrel is a small to medium sized plant; not taking up too much room in the garden.
There are several uses of sheep sorrel in the preparation of food including a garnish, a tart favoring agent and a curdling agent for cheese, in pesto, soups and omelett recipes. The leaves have a lemony, tangy/ tart flavor and are excellent in a salad.
Here's one of may favorite recipes for Sheep Sorrel Pesto
- 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh sorrel leaves with ribs removed
- 1/3 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
- 2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 teaspoon good salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Makes about 1 cup
A tea made from the stem and leaves can be made to act as a diuretic. It also has certain astringent properties and uses. Other historical uses include that of a vermifuge as the plant allegedly contains compounds toxic to intestinal parasites and worms.
Looking for seeds? You can buy Sheep Sorrel Seeds here in my Local harvest Store.
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