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Sorrel, Garden

Sourgrass

Polygonaceae Rumex acetosa L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Garden sorrel is a perennial plant, the roots of which persist for several years. It is grown to a limited extent for the leaves, gathered in early spring and used as greens or pot herbs. The stems are erect, reaching 3 or more feet in height. Rosette leaves are thin, light green and oblong. Stem leaves are narrow and pointed. All leaves are glabrous and have a tart flavor.


Season, start of growth to first harvest: About 4 weeks.

Production in U.S.: No data; very limited.

Use: As pot herbs. Part consumed: Young leaves.


Last update June 28, 1996 bha