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Scientific Name: Rumex acetosella

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  • Perennial
  • Hardy perennial herb with green leaves that are shaped like barbed spears.
  • It can grow up to 15-30cm and bears small inconspicuous greenish flowers that turn brown as the fruit ripens.
  • It likes acid soil in full sun to partial shade.
  • Can get invasive - add a few applications of lime to eradicate it.
  • Good low-growing evergreen container plant.

Culinary Uses

  • The young leaves have a lemony, tangy tart flavor.
  • Use as a garnish, a tart flavoring agent, a salad green and as a curdling agent for cheese.
  • Use sparingly in soups, omelets and fish sauces.

Parts Used

  • Whole plant.
  • Pick young leaves throughout the growing season to use fresh.
  • The leaves do not dry well - can be freezed.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Sorrel acetosella contains constituents including beta carotene, tartaric acid and oxalic acid and has traditionally been used to treat inflammation, cancer, diarrhea, scurvy and fever.
  • A tea made from the stem and leaves can be made to act as a diuretic.
  • The entire plant, including the root, is used as a cancer treatment and is a primary ingredient in a preparation commonly referred to by the name Essiac tea.
  • Good vermifuge against intestinal worms and a remedy for stomach hemorrhage and profuse menstruation.
  • It should not be used medicinally by sufferers of rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or gastric hyperacidity.

Other Uses

  • Extract juice from the leaves to remove rust, mould and ink stains from linen, wicker and silver.
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