Common sorrel (Rumex acetosa) or garden sorrel, often simply called sorrel, is a perennial herb. Sorrel is French for “sour,” which is the best description of it’s flavor, an intense lemony zing.
Sorrell Doubles as a Vegetable and Herb
Sorrel is nutritious and can be used as a leaf vegetable. Sorrell is often listed under vegetables on metabolic balance plans. Sorrel can also be used as an herb. The zingy flavor can be a great treat for the metabolic balancer who is missing lemon because it is not on their plan. (Remember one can use up to 30 grams of herbs before it counts as a vegetable.)
Sorrell comes in 3 varieties broad leaf, French, and red-veined sorrel. Broad leaf sorrel has slender, arrow-shaped leaves. French or Buckler leaf sorrel has small, bell-shaped leaves, while red-veined sorrel has a slender, tapered leaf with the red veins throughout. All varieties are appropriate for metabolic balance.
Sorrell is a Healthy Choice
Sorrell is not commonly found in the stores. When I find a client’s plan that has sorrell, I make a special note and ask the client to be sure they include it in their meals. Here are some reasons why:
- There is a significant amount of potassium in sorrel which can help lower blood pressure.
- Due to the high dietary fiber content found in the leaves, adding sorrell to your soups and salads can improve digestive function.
- Sorrel contains tannins, which have a drying effect to reduce mucous production; happy news for those suffering from bronchitis or sinusitis.
- More nutritional facts about sorrell.
Easy to Grow Sorrell
Sorrell is common to grassland habitats and can easily be cultivated in a pot as a garden herb or leaf vegetable. It prefers a balance of sun and shade. Too much sun can make leaves bitter. I grow it in a pot on my deck. Every so often in the spring I divide the plant and share the divisions with metabolic balancers who have it on their plans.
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