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Sorrel (Common)

(Rumex acetosa)

Common sorrel © Beth Newman/Plantlife

Common sorrel © Beth Newman/Plantlife


Once cultivated as a vegetable, common sorrel is now often on the menu for foragers only.

It contains high levels of oxalic acid which gives its leaves a distinctive acid taste.

As well as being a fine addition to food, common sorrel is also a lovely sight in summer when it blooms with small, pinkish flowers.

It is native to the UK.

Distribution

Found throughout the UK.

Habitat

Grassland and coastal habitats.

Best time to see

Flowers April to August.

Did you know...

Folk in the past not only cooked with common sorrel - they also cleaned wit it! Juice from the plant was used to remove tough stains from laundry.